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Question Description

Supporting Lectures:

Review the following lectures:

Discussion Questions:

Before beginning work on this discussion forum, please review the link “Doing Discussion Questions Right” and any specific instructions for this topic.

Before the end of the week, begin commenting on at least two of your classmates’ responses. You can ask technical questions or respond generally to the overall experience. Be objective, clear, and concise. Always use constructive language, even in criticism, to work toward the goal of positive progress. Submit your responses in the Discussion Area.

As we have learned this week from our lectures and required textbook reading, leaders and managers in healthcare must work diligently and continuously to assess the health and needs of the populations they serve. Total quality management (TQM) is a process that is used to analyze the available relevant data, plan for improvements where necessary, implement plans, and monitor the plans for effectiveness through formal processes adopted.

After thorough research of credible sources from the South University Library and the Internet, please answer the following questions:

  • Why do the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) believe that prevention of inpatient admissions will improve the quality of care in populations served by hospitals?
  • What specific age group and diagnoses does the CMS monitor for readmissions?
  • Does research tell us that so far prevention of readmissions has improved the quality of care for patients?
  • How has hospital reimbursement been affected by the readmission standard mandated by the CMS?
  • What recommendations (best practices) to decrease hospital readmissions have been suggested by experts in the healthcare field?

To support your work, use your course and textbook readings and also use the South University Online Library. As in all assignments, cite your sources in your work and provide references for the citations in APA format.

Submit your document to this Discussion Area by the due date assigned. Be sure to cite your sources using APA format.

Respond to your peers throughout the week. Justify your answers with examples, research, and reasoning. Follow-up posts need to be submitted by the end of the week.

Use the following rubric as a guide to complete your discussion responses.