IHI Triple Aim

CMS Pilots Show Little Change in Readmissions

Success Will Demand Innovation + Collaboration…

triple-aimAcross the country, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) have been testing innovations to find initiatives that make a measurable impact on reducing readmissions. According to a post in the Kaiser Health News, the results of those pilot programs just released by CMS have shown slow progress so far.

Kaiser Health News writes that “an early evaluation found that only four groups out of 48 that were studied in the Community-based Care Transition Program significantly cut readmissions compared with those of a control group.” The government funded these projects to “ensure that seniors leaving the hospital received care that reduced their chances of being readmitted within a month.”

While experts hold out hope that these programs will eventually demonstrate greater improvements on readmission rates, providers across the country are seeking to learn how they can measurably reduce re-hospitalizations, including right here in Minnesota.

The conversations about how to hit the triple aim – improve the experience, reduce costs and improve outcomes – continue, and are beginning to attract a wider audience, including those outside the traditional realm of health care. Senior living communities and technology companies are looking at how they can affect seniors’ outcomes and population health. That’s one of the reasons the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) recommends a systemic approach to achieving those lofty triple aim goals.

As Lifesprk CEO & Founder Joel Theisen often says, “isolation is fatal.” He adds, “We’re always looking to work with other providers to build a client-for-life continuum that focuses on significantly improving the health and sparking the lives of people for the long term, not just 30 or 90 days.”