Riverview Health is pleased to announce it is, once again, penalty-free on its 30-day readmission rates for serious health conditions, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
“We recognize achieving low readmission rates allows us to be in compliance with CMS standards, but more importantly, it’s a reflection of the excellent care we’re providing our patients,” said John Paris, MD, chief medical officer at Riverview Health. “It takes a collaborative effort from everyone involved to ensure each of our patients receives the best care possible, not just in the hospital, but also once they return home. We’re certainly proud of our organization and all the staff members who make this achievement possible year after year.”
The CMS hospital readmission rate evaluation is part of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program that started in 2012, which penalizes hospitals for excess readmissions. The program was designed to improve care and optimize the healthcare system.
According to a recent report from Kaiser Health News, “The majority of the nation’s hospitals are being penalized by Medicare for having patients frequently return within a month of discharge—this time losing a combined $420 million, government records show. Since the fines began, national readmission rates have dropped, but roughly one of every five Medicare patients sent to the hospital ends up returning within a month.”
Riverview Health is comprised of a full-service, 156-bed hospital in Noblesville, a 16-bed hospital in Westfield, as well as freestanding combined ER and urgent care facilities. Also included are more than 25 primary, immediate and specialty-care facilities in Hamilton County. Riverview Health provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services in more than 35 healthcare specialties and has been frequently recognized for its clinical and service excellence. National achievements include Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery award (2019) and Outstanding Patient Experience award (2017-2018). Leapfrog Group awarded Riverview Health an A grade—the highest grade possible—for patient safety in 2017. As one of the largest employers in Hamilton County, Riverview Health recently received the Five-Star AchieveWELL Award through the Wellness Council of Indiana and was honored at the 2017 Indiana Health and Wellness Summit.