New Study by Desai, Ross, et al. on Reducing Hospital Readmissions

January 10, 2017
Financially penalizing hospitals for too many readmissions is more likely to reduce readmissions.  A new paper, “Association Between Hospital Penalty Status Under the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program and Readmission Rates for Target and Nontarget Conditions,” published in the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed Medicare data from 2008 and 2015 to determine if the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) was associated with changes in readmission rates. The paper was authored Nihar R. Desai, Joseph S. Ross, Susannah M. Bernheim, Harlan M. Krumholz, Leora I. Horwitz and others.