Healthcare Finance reported on a study published in Health Affairs by researchers at Harvard Medical School who conducted a simulation analysis of data from 2009-2014. Authors “suggest that an overall decline in hospital admissions may have driven the observed drop in readmissions attributed to the Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction program, or HRRP. What looked like achievements of the program may have been a byproduct of factors driving a broader decrease in hospitalizations across the board.” Because there are fewer admissions, particularly for hip and knee replacements, there are fewer readmissions. Full story.

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