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30-day readmission measure fails to account for changing risk factors

from FierceHealthcare

Risk factors for readmissions change significantly over the course of the 30 days following hospital discharge, a new study shows, and therefore the current Medicare measure for readmissions doesn't accurately reflect the hospital's accountability for rehospitalizations. Under the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may reduce payments to acute care hospitals that have excess readmissions within 30 days of discharge. Last year it penalized more than 2,600 hospitals. more

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