New Health Affairs Study: Medicare’s Readmissions Reduction Program Less Effective Than Widely Believed

Jan. 11, 2019

For all of the work and effort from all sides that has been involved in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) since its establishment as one element in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which was passed into law in 2010, a new research study just published in Health Affairs may prove to be discouraging for all involved.

In the just-published January issue of Health Affairs, the researchers wrote that “Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) has been credited with lowering risk-adjusted readmission rates for targeted conditions at general acute care hospitals. However, these reductions appear to be illusory or overstated.”

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