CMS Releases Minority Health Guide to Cut Readmissions
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is concerned about falling quality of care indicated by the rising number of members of racial and ethnic minorities who are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. It hopes the Office of Minority Health’s recently released Guide to Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries will help.
Racial and ethnic minority populations are more likely than their white counterparts to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge for certain chronic conditions, such as heart failure, heart attack, and pneumonia. Social, cultural, and linguistic barriers contribute to these higher readmission rates, the agency explained.
The guide provides:
- New, action-oriented guidance for addressing avoidable readmissions in this population by providing an overview of the issues related to readmissions for diverse Medicare beneficiaries;
- A set of seven key recommendations that hospital leaders can take to prevent avoidable readmissions in this population;
- Concrete examples of initiatives and strategies that may be applied to reduce readmissions in diverse populations.
CMS developed the guide in collaboration with the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago as part of the CMS Equity Plan for Improving Quality in Medicare. CMS says it is designed to assist hospital leaders and stakeholders focused on quality, safety, and care redesign in identifying root causes and solutions for preventing avoidable readmissions among racially and ethnically diverse Medicare beneficiaries.