New CMS rules that penalize hospitals for high readmission rates began in October, 2012. These rules were created by the Affordable Care Act and are designed to encourage hospitals to better coordinate the care of persons being discharged to reduce the likelihood of a return to the hospital within 30 days. As a result of these changes, assisted living providers are encouraged to track readmission rates amongst their residents so they will be able to demonstrate their capabilities and outcomes to hospitals and other potential referral sources.
The challenge is knowing how to track readmission rates in a way that allows for benchmarking against other providers/settings. Fortunately there are several sources for free information and tracking tools, including: