Recently mandated healthcare reforms require United States hospitals to curtail repeated patient visits. Healthcare administrators follow several steps to meet this objective. Completing discharge reports shortly after patient release is the first in a series of steps to meet this end. Next, detailed analysis of community hospital readmissions gives administrators insight into repeat visits. This information informs organizations where to focus readmission reduction efforts. Resource expenditures are a telltale sign of high-risk clients. Due to the complex nature of service delivery, organizations sometimes deploy multiple readmission reduction plans. The transitions from caregiving settings to clients’ residences play a critical role in the process. Once administrators develop a plan, cooperation with community health organizations considerably bolster these local wellness initiatives.
Readmissions Reduction in the United States
The Affordable Care Act requires hospitals to reduce patient readmissions.  The act defines a readmission as a repeated patient hospitalization within a 30-day period, with special amendments applying to conditions such as heart failure and pneumonia.
The act outlines an algorithm to assess readmission ratios in relation to national averages and outlines practices to adjust risk assessments based on client characteristics. Caregiving facilities must store and use three years of past data when calculating the readmission ratio.