October 21, 2016
Fredericksburg, Va. – (October 19, 2016) – In its survey of
statistics reported for first quarter 2016, the Virginia Hospital &
Healthcare Association found that Mary Washington Hospital achieved the
lowest readmission rate of 72 hospitals ranked in Virginia for patients
undergoing total hip and total knee replacement procedures.
This ranking is important because hospital readmission after an illness
or surgical procedure increases the cost of health care and may be the
result of issues with initial delivery of care.
To encourage hospitals to focus on quality and step up their efforts to
reduce readmissions, Congress created within the Affordable Care Act the
Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. It instructs the U.S. Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services to penalize hospitals that experience
higher-than-expected readmissions for specific clinical conditions such
as heart attack, pneumonia, heart failure, total hip and knee replacement,
VHHA’s readmission results are formulated using the state’s
inpatient database. This means that all patients and payers are included,
rather than Medicare covered patients only, which are the intended primary
focus of the HRRP.
“Mary Washington Hospital’s stellar results in reducing total
hip and knee replacement readmissions for all our patients is an indication
of our staff’s commitment to providing superlative care and improving
outcomes across the board. We are very pleased to be recognized for this
important achievement,” said Tom Gettinger, Executive Vice President
and Chief Operating Officer.