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Federal Program Aimed At Reducing Readmissions Raises Concerns

from Modern Medicine Network

The federal Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, aimed at reducing readmission rates, has been linked to an increase in death rates among Medicare patients hospitalized with heart failure, according to a study published in JAMA Cardiology. The HRRP was established by a provision in the ACA. Under this program, hospitals are financially penalized if they have higher than expected risk-standardized 30-day readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia. more

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