Medical News Today February 11, 2014
Among rehabilitation facilities providing services to Medicare fee-for-service patients, 30-day hospital readmission rates vary, from about 6 percent for patients with lower extremity joint replacement to nearly 20 percent for patients with debility (weakness or feebleness), according to a study in JAMA. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently identified 30-day hospital readmission as a national quality indicator for inpatient rehabilitation facilities; reporting will be required in 2014 by the CMS, according to background information in the article. UTMB’s Kenneth J. Ottenbacher and colleagues conducted a study to determine 30-day readmission rates and factors related to readmission for patients receiving post-acute inpatient rehabilitation. The news also appears in Science Codex and Bio-Medicine.