Stat.com writes: A closely watched experiment in health care has unfolded over the last few years: Financial incentives for hospitals to reduce readmissions. It was a feature of the Affordable Care Act, and researchers are now assessing its impacts. But even as data have arrived, an impassioned argument has broken out among experts — looking at the same numbers, they have reached different conclusions about whether the policy is making Americans healthier. And, underscoring that disagreement is a deeper one — about what kind of evidence is needed before a health policy is enacted on a national scale.
- The data are in, but debate rages: Are hospital readmission penalties a good idea? Stat.com. Dec 11, 2017