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Pressure to reduce readmissions can hinder care quality, patient safety

from Becker's Hospital Review

While CMS' Hospital Readmission Reduction Program successfully reduces readmissions, the program may also produce unintended care consequences that threaten patient safety, according to an op-ed published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Physicians argue pressure to reduce readmissions, particularly among heart failure patients, may encourage inappropriate care strategies and shift hospitals' focus away from meaningful quality improvement efforts and patient safety considerations. more

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