Florida's hospitals cut readmissions, complications

An effort by 200 of Florida's hospitals to reduce readmissions has saved at least $25 million, according to a report by the state's hospital association. The effort, introduced five years ago in response to poor health outcomes and high costs, cut readmissions by 15 percent, reduced surgical complications by a similar rate for a large bloc of participating hospitals, and drastically cut hospital-acquired bloodstream infections. Nevertheless, a large proportion of the state's hospitals are facing financial penalties from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services due to high levels of hospital readmissions. Florida Hospital Association officials say their methodology differs from that of CMS. Article