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CMS Dollars Part II: HRRP Made Simple

Posted September 6, 2017 at 5:26 PM by admin

The Boomerang Effect

CMS Dollars Part II: HRRP Made Simple The Boomerang Effect

Nadia Christensen, MD

Hospital readmissions account for a huge portion of US healthcare costs. As clinicians we are always trying to understand the root cause of why one of our patients might bounce back. In some circles, we refer to this as the boomerang effect.

Over the years, in an effort to stem the rising costs of healthcare dollars spent on readmissions, CMS has created many programs to encourage hospitals to address this problem. One of these programs is the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP). HRRP was established by the Affordable Care Act in 2012 and required CMS to reduce payments to hospitals with excess readmissions.

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CMS Dollars Part III: HACRP Made Simple

Posted September 6, 2017 at 1:06 PM by admin

The Unwanted Visitor

Nadia Christensen, MD

Unfortunately, it happens all the time. You take your elderly father into the hospital for a routine surgery such as a total hip replacement, and while being treated for the hip, he ends up with a Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC). Think of an HAC as your bothersome Aunt Ethel, an unwanted house guest who shows up when you least expect her, bringing in suitcases full of complications, and leaving a trail of havoc in her wake. Simply stated, an HAC is a potentially avoidable infection or complication that occurs while a patient is hospitalized for an unrelated condition. Years ago, people referred to these conditions as Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) or nosocomial infections. However, today many preventable conditions, which are not infections such as pressure ulcers or DVTs, have been added to the list and term broadened to HACs.

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