Readmissions Update: A Focus on Changes to Reimbursement and Strategies to Drive Improvement in Readmission Rates Among Diverse Populations

Recent legislation requires the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to incorporate a socio-demographic adjustment to the Hospital Readmissions Reduction program for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2019.

Last year CMS finalized an interim methodology to accomplish this goal and CHA recently released a DataSuite report that estimates the impact of what a hospital readmission penalty would have looked like in FFY 2018 if the new methodology were applied.  In April, CMS will release additional information that will provide greater insights into how a hospital will perform under this new methodology for the FFY 2019 payment year.

With these changes comes a renewed focus on reaching outside of the hospital walls to understand and partner with our patients and families to preserve and improve their health after discharge from the acute setting. Reducing healthcare disparities through a focus on social determinants of health is integral to reducing readmissions.

CHA and HQI member hospitals are invited to participate in a 90-minute webinar on April 3, 2018 to take a deeper dive into the financial ramifications of changes to readmissions reimbursement and penalties, as well as help build the capacity to address disparities in health and outcomes of care. 


  • At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss changes to the CMS SDS Readmissions Reduction Program Penalty Methodology
  • Discuss how the new CHA DataSuite Readmissions Report may assist hospital planning
  • Discuss key issues and risk factors for readmissions among diverse patient populations
  • Describe strategies for preventing avoidable readmissions among diverse patient populations


Alyssa Keefe
Vice President Federal Regulatory Affairs
California Hospital Association

Ronald Yaw
Vice President, Finance & Economic Analysis
California Hospital Association

Boris Kalanj
Director, Cultural Care and Experience
Hospital Quality Institute

Julia Slininger
Vice President, Regional Quality Network
Hospital Quality Institute


Click here to register.

Target Audience:

CHA and HQI Member hospitals only. Hospital Finance and Reimbursement Leaders, Quality and Patient Safety Professionals, Care Transitions leaders and other Clinical Leaders

CE Notice

This event is approved for 1.5 CE credits. CEs are free of charge for this event.

HQI is an approved continuing education (CE) provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing and will provide CHA or CHPSO members an opportunity to earn CEs. Provider Number CEP16793 for 1.5 contact hours.

HQI does not currently offer ACPE approved Pharmacy CE, but the State of California will accept CE from courses which have been approved for continuing education by the Medical Board of California, the California Board of Podiatric Medicine, the California Board of Registered Nursing or the Dental Board of California towards their California continuing education requirement (Section 1732.2(b) of the California Code of Regulations). Pharmacists need to keep track of CE from these sources on their own as they are not submitted to NAPB.