In a blog post on January 17, CMS reported a reduction in avoidable hospital stays for long-term care residents.

Beginning in 2010, the blog reported, the rate of potentially avoidable hospitalizations of patients who were both Medicare beneficiaries and eligible for Medicaid benefits living in long-term care facilities was 227 per 1,000 beneficiaries.  By 2015, the rate had decreased to 157 per 1,000 beneficiaries. CMS reported that such a reduction avoided 133,000 hospitalizations over the past five years.

CMS attributed the reduction to various factors including the 2011 initiative by Medicare-Medicaid Coordination Office aimed at focusing on preventable conditions that lead to hospitalizations as well as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Safety Program for Long-Term Care.

“This success shows that a sustained commitment to smarter spending across the entire health care system can yield dramatic results and improve the lives of vulnerable Americans,” the blog concluded.