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MedPAC: Medicare's Readmission Program Not Causing Increase in Observation Stays

from FierceHealthcare

CMS' readmissions reduction program isn't responsible for an uptick in observation stays, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) June report, which was submitted to Congress recently. In the analysis, the group concluded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) isn't driving the trend. Researchers have suggested that more hospitals may be putting patients in observational care as a way to avoid the HRRP penalties. more


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