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Study Finds Decreases in Readmission Rates Credited to HRRP Overstated

Fierce Healthcare writes:  Reductions in risk-adjusted readmission rates caused by the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) may have substantially lower than previously reported, according to a new study in the journal Health Affairs.  The study shows a change in billing forms used by Medicare that was introduced during the same time frame accounts for more than half the reduction in risk-adjusted readmission rates that was previously attributed to the HRRP.

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