A "Readmission" is when a patient returns to inpatient hospital care shortly after discharge, typically within 30 days of discharge. There are many reasons why readmissions are important; one of which is that they are expensive. Preventing avoidable hospital readmissions is considered by many to be the most important opportunity for reducing waste in healthcare. An unplanned readmission may indicate low quality of care and these types of admissions are often costly for health insurers. It is important to identify those patients that are at risk for readmission and this can be done through predictive modeling. The Johns Hopkins ACG System® is the method we use at DST Health Solutions for identifying at risk patients.
Click here to listen to Amy Salls, Director of Population Health Strategy, discuss what a readmission is and why identifying these patients is important to your health plan.