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9. Are Hospital Readmission Rates Reliable Care Quality Measures?

from Fierce Healthcare

From March 2: New federal research that shows that contrary to earlier concerns, hospitals don't hike observation status to create the illusion of a drop in readmissions, has called into question whether readmissions are a reliable care quality measure. Ashish Jha, M.D., an associate professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, in a post for The Health Care Blog, called the latest findings good news. But he said that readmission rates are a measure of utilization, not an outcome in and of itself. more

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