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Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital (AWMH) Recognized Nationally as High-Performing Hospital

Apr 15, 2014 06:29PM ● By MED Magazine

Avera Weskota Memorial Hospital (AWMH) has been recognized as a high-performing hospital by the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), an affiliate of the American Hospital Association (AHA) for attaining a 20 percent reduction in acute care readmissions.

AWMH is part of the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) and is involved in a project that intends to help improve the quality, safety and affordability of health care through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. 

Medicare's cost for unplanned hospital readmissions exceeds $17 billion annually. Among the most important factors contributing to unplanned readmissions are uncoordinated care and ineffective care transitions. AHA/HRET continues to utilize data collection to meet a national goal of 20 percent reduction in readmissions.

While they continue to work towards this on a national level, they realize it is important to acknowledge and highlight those hospitals that have already reached this goal of 20% reduction in readmissions. AWMH has achieved this goal in the 30 Day All Cause Readmissions category, which includes heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia.