Guide to Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries

With support from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health, the Disparities Solutions Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, in partnership with NORC
at the University of Chicago, has created a Guide to Preventing Readmissions among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Medicare Beneficiaries. Racial and ethnic minority populations are more likely than their white counterparts to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge for certain chronic conditions, such as heart failure, heart attack, and pneumonia, among others. Social, cultural, and linguistic barriers contribute to these higher readmission rates. This Guide is designed to assist hospital leaders and stakeholders focused on quality, safety, and care redesign in identifying root causes and solutions for preventing avoidable readmissions among racially and ethnically diverse Medicare beneficiaries.
The goals of this guide are to provide:
•An overview of key issues related to readmissions for racially and ethnically diverse Medicare
beneficiaries
•A set of activities that can help hospital leaders take action to address readmissions
in this population
•Concrete case examples of strategies and initiatives aimed at reducing readmissions in diverse
populations.