The State of Michigan began a pilot project last year aimed at reducing hospital readmissions. This month the project is expanding to all of Michigan’s 144 hospitals according to the Michigan Health and Hospital Association.
The goal of the project which is being coordinated by Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality and The Michigan Peer Review Organization (MPRO) is to reduce avoidable readmissions by 30 percent, saving millions of Medicare dollars and improving quality and patient safety.
Beginning October 2012, hospitals who are not in compliance with the provisions in the Federal health Care Reform Bill will not be reimbursed for certain patients readmitted within 30 days of discharge. To view the readmission rate of Michigan and other hospitals, please go to the Hospital Compare website at www.hospitalcompare.hhs.gov