Wisconsin’s New Program Successful in Reducing Readmissions by 22 percent

According to a new report, Wisconsin hospitals cut healthcare costs by more than $45 million through a special project designed to reduce readmissions and control surgery-related infections. The Partners for Patients initiative is a joint effort between the Wisconsin Hospital Association and CMS to reduce costs and improve quality of care.

The report found that the 108 hospitals participating in the program cut surgical site infections by 37 percent between January 2012 and July 2013. In addition, the program prevented 3,556 readmissions, saving hospitals $34 million. In total, Wiconsin hospitals reduced readmissions by 22 percent, exceeding CMS’ goal of 20 percent.

Wisconsin is currently ranked third for average net incentive/penalty payments under Medicare’s Value Based Purchasing Program.

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