CMS Releases New Minority Readmissions Prevention Guide
April 11, 2016 by Vickie Anenberg
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), through its Office of Minority Health, has released a “Guide to Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries.” According to CMS, this Guide will help healthcare facilities to prevent many minority readmissions by providing:
- 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
In a press release announcing the Guide’s availability, Cara James, Director of the Office of Minority Health, said, “CMS has an important opportunity and a critical role in preventing hospital readmissions while promoting health equity among diverse Medicare beneficiaries. This Guide encourages action-oriented steps and solutions in achieving health equity, addresses reducing readmissions and focuses on our initiative of achieving better care, smarter spending, and healthier people throughout our healthcare system.”
Cross Country Staffing also notes that CMS stated, “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, among others. Social, cultural, and linguistic barriers contribute to these higher readmission rates.” Healthcare leaders can download a complete copy of the Guide from the CMS website.
Having a comprehensive plan to prevent readmissions is only one step in the process. To close the loop on readmission prevention, healthcare facilities need equally comprehensive staffing solutions to ensure they can provide high quality patient care by qualified professionals who are available in the right place at the right time. But achieving this objective, especially when so many healthcare professions are experiencing long-term shortages, is difficult, if not impossible to accomplish in-house.
That’s why so many of the nation’s top-tier facilities have become Cross Country Staffing partners. We have developed a suite of proven workforce solutions that cost-effectively empower our partners to anticipate and meet even their most complex staffing challenges. We invite you to learn more by scheduling an in-person meeting, at your convenience, with a Cross Country Staffing representative. At Cross Country Staffing we will help you to streamline your healthcare staffing process and optimize your labor cost savings.