Nora Duncan, AARP State Director
Glenn Cassis, Chairperson, Connecticut Commission on Health Equity
Improving transitional care and reducing hospital readmissions are critical for the health of patients, making the health care system more effective and, ultimately, contributing to the reduction of health disparities. This year 28 Connecticut hospitals – that is 88% of all hospitals in the state – will be penalized for excessive readmissions by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Similarly, Connecticut ranked 39th overall among states in effectiveness in transitioning patients between care settings according to AARP’s 2014 LTSS Scorecard. The problem of hospital readmissions is particularly problematic among Black and Latino/Hispanic patients in our state.
An analysis of the Connecticut Hospital Inpatient Discharge Database showed that ethnic/racial disparities exist in hospital readmissions in Connecticut. Hispanics were significantly more likely to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge following hospitalization for heart failure. Blacks …