First posted 9/25/11 on The Hospitalist Leader
I am always leery of briefs from think tanks and trade associations. They are not ideal sources for balanced takes on important issues. I am especially wary when the same bodies espouse viewpoints that might be similar to mine. No individual is above self-reinforcement, and basking with like-minded souls in serene waters blinds us to the sirens call. The call in this case, and the thrust of this post, is the accountability connection as it relates to hospitals and patient readmissions.
As hospital penalties for unnecessary readmits draw near, the attention to attribution, mainly, root causes for revisits, are accelerating debate and obliging those of us on the front lines to unmask pitfalls in conventional (CMS) thinking.