A Deep Dive Into Readmissions Data: How Agencies Can Reduce Rates Further

May 24, 2017 11 am Pacific / 12 pm Mountain / 1 pm Central / 2 pm Eastern 60 Minutes

Optima Healthcare Solutions

Home Health Care News

Tim Mullaney, Moderator with Home Health Care News
Chris Attaya, VP of Business Intelligence at Strategic Healthcare Programs
Zeb Clayton, VP of Client Services at Strategic Healthcare Programs

Home Health offers hospitals one of the best strategies to reduce 30-day readmissions, but are we living up to the challenge?

With hospitals facing reimbursement cuts for high readmissions, and Home Health Agencies (HHAs) likely facing a readmissions pay-for-performance measure, the pressure is only getting more intense. Agencies need to continually look at their data to understand how patient characteristics relate to utilization of services, to improve their scores.

Using data from the SHP (Strategic Healthcare Programs) database, we will analyze the different characteristics and agency profiles behind hospital readmissions. The data provided during this session will help agencies focus and refine efforts that lead to better performance.


  1. Identify how HHAs should use the CMS hospital readmission penalty criteria to position their value proposition
  2. Identify the characteristics of patients that are readmitted to the hospital
  3. Analyze readmission rates between different agency types
  4. List three definite red flags that put patients at high risk of readmitting within 30 days of discharge from the hospital