Readmission initiative pushes hospitals to improve

October 6, 2019, Daily Journal, Michaela Gibson Morris -  Baptist Memorial Health Care and North Mississippi Health Services had hospitals hit by Medicare readmission penalties for the coming fiscal year. No one wants to be penalized, but physician leaders with both systems said the Medicare initiative has spotlighted the needs of patients as they leave hospital care. “This tells me where I need to be focused,” said Dr. Henry Sullivant, Baptist Memorial Health Care vice president and chief medical officer. “We really had to think about (readmission) in its entirety.” It’s better for patients and their families who benefit from clearer instructions as they leave the hospital and more support when they get home, White said. It’s better financially for individuals, and taxpayers because inpatient care is among the most expensive in the health system. It’s better for communities, because hospitals are having to think beyond their walls.

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