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All-Cause Admissions and Readmissions 2017 Technical Report 

Date of Publication:
SEP 2017
Associated Project:
All-Cause Admissions and Readmissions Project 2017
Reducing unnecessary hospital admissions and readmissions is a key component of healthcare quality improvement. High rates of readmissions are costly to the healthcare system and can indicate low-quality care during a hospital stay and poor-quality care coordination. NQF currently has 47 endorsed all-cause and condition-specific admissions and readmissions measures addressing numerous settings. As the portfolio grows to include measures that address conditions with smaller patient volumes and as readmission measures are increasingly used in value-based purchasing programs, appropriate testing criteria are needed to ensure that measures accurately reflect healthcare quality. In addition, there is a need to improve quality of care for people with social risk factors while finding ways to better account for the impact of social risk for the purposes of evaluating hospitals and healthcare providers. For this project, the Standing Committee evaluated two newly submitted measures against NQF’s standard evaluation criteria. Both measures were endorsed.