Ultrashort Readmissions are 30-40% of CMS 30 Day Readmission Measures

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Ultrashort hospital readmissions, defined as patient readmissions within 7 days of discharge, present a significant challenge in healthcare management. These early readmissions not only reflect on the quality of care provided but also have substantial implications for patient safety and healthcare costs.

Dexur’s analysis of CMS Medicare claims data shows the following rates for ultrashort readmissions (within 3 and 7 days) and their shares in the total 30-day readmission rates for various CMS Measures.

Measure 3 Day Readmissions - Any Hospital- Observed Rate - Dexur 7 Day Readmissions - Any Hospital- Observed Rate - Dexur 15 Day Readmissions - Any Hospital- Observed Rate - Dexur 30 Day Readmissions - Any Hospital- Observed Rate - Dexur Share of 3 days Readmission Rate Share of 7 days Readmission Rate Share of 15 days Readmission Rate
TKA 0.96% 1.79% 2.97% 4.48% 21.42% 39.9% 66.29%
CABG 2.22% 4.79% 7.99% 11.34% 19.57% 42.3% 70.45%
COPD 2.59% 5.38% 10.94% 19.43% 13.32% 27.7% 56.30%
Pneumonia 2.66% 5.60% 10.54% 17.15% 15.51% 32.7% 61.45%
AMI 2.94% 5.87% 9.77% 14.43% 20.37% 40.7% 67.70%
Heart Failure 2.48% 5.87% 11.81% 20.26% 12.24% 29.0% 58.29%

Understanding the causes of ultrashort readmissions is crucial for developing effective strategies to mitigate them. Several factors contribute to the high rate of ultrashort readmissions, and they vary depending on the patient’s condition, the quality of care received, and the post-discharge environment.

Addressing Ultrashort Readmissions

Ultrashort hospital readmissions, occurring within 7 days of discharge, pose significant challenges in healthcare management. Integrating advanced software solutions like those offered by Dexur, a company specializing in unified incident and quality management software, can play a pivotal role in addressing these challenges.

Strategies to Address Ultrashort Readmissions and Dexur's Role:

  1. Improving Discharge Processes:

    • Traditional Approach:
      Hospitals need to ensure robust discharge planning, which includes clear instructions, medication reconciliation, and scheduling follow-up appointments before the patient leaves the hospital.

    • How Dexur Helps:
      Dexur's unified quality and incident software can efficiently track every patient's discharge process, ensuring no critical steps are missed and enhancing the overall quality of discharge planning.

  2. Enhanced Follow-Up Care:

    • Traditional Approach:
      Timely follow-up with primary care providers or specialists is essential. Telehealth services are particularly beneficial for patients with difficulties in traveling to appointments. Educating patients and their families about medication adherence, recognizing warning signs, and knowing when to seek medical help is crucial.

    • How Dexur Helps:
      By utilizing Dexur's episode tracking form, hospitals can effectively track whether every follow-up appointment was completed, ensuring continuity of care and minimizing the risk of readmission.

  3. Targeted Interventions for High-Risk Patients:

    • Traditional Approach:
      Identifying patients at high risk of readmission and providing them with additional resources, such as home health services or case management, can be effective.

    • How Dexur Helps:
      Dexur's AI Risk Factor Identification capability can help in pinpointing high-risk patients, enabling healthcare providers to tailor interventions and allocate resources more efficiently.

  4. Data-Driven Strategies:

    • Traditional Approach:
      Utilizing data analytics to identify patterns in readmissions can aid in targeting specific areas for improvement.

    • How Dexur Helps:
      Dexur can assist in identifying excessive ultrashort readmissions compared to benchmarks and discerning the patterns of readmissions. This insight is vital for formulating effective strategies to reduce such incidences.

Incorporating Dexur’s sophisticated software solutions into healthcare practices offers a transformative approach to managing ultrashort readmissions. By enhancing discharge processes, follow-up care, patient education, targeted interventions for high-risk patients, and employing data-driven strategies, Dexur's tools can significantly contribute to reducing readmission rates and improving patient outcomes. As healthcare continues to evolve, leveraging technology like Dexur's becomes increasingly essential in delivering high-quality, efficient patient care.