June 2, 2017
Fredericksburg, Va. – (June 2, 2017) – The Virginia Hospital
& Healthcare Association recently released readmission data for December
2013 to November 2016. This report indicated that Mary Washington Hospital
achieved the lowest readmission rate of 71 hospitals ranked in the state
of Virginia for Medicare patients who received total hip and total knee
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. Under this act, the U.S. Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services penalizes 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 exceptional results in reducing
total hip and knee replacement readmissions indicates the staff’s
commitment to providing excellent care, expertise, and compassion. We
are extremely pleased to be recognized for this important achievement,”
said Tom Gettinger, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.