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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Tests New Quality Measure: Readmission Rates for Heart Failure

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The Hospitalist writes: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has wrapped up a test run of a new measure for readmission of heart failure patients as the federal agency tries to educate hospitals and hospitalists before formally including it as a quality metric in fiscal year 2018.

The trial concludes October 7, 2015, for the new claims-based measurement, excess days in acute care (EDAC) after hospitalization for heart failure. It captures the number of days within the 30-day postdischarge period that a patient spends in acute care following an index admission for heart failure. The measure will be included in CMS’ Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program in fiscal year 2018, but the agency plans to publicly report hospitals’ results on Hospital Compare next year.

CMS hopes the new measure will help educate hospitals and hospitalists about 30-day postdischarge outcomes for patients with heart failure and provide a better understanding of what services are utilized, which could translate to better interventions.

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