The Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program: potential unintended consequences for hospitals serving vulnerable populations.

@article{Gu2014TheMH,
  title={The Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program: potential unintended consequences for hospitals serving vulnerable populations.},
  author={Qian Gu and Lane Koenig and Jennifer Faerberg and Caroline Rossi Steinberg and Christopher Vaz and Mary P Wheatley},
  journal={Health services research},
  year={2014},
  volume={49 3},
  pages={818-37}
}
OBJECTIVE To explore the impact of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) on hospitals serving vulnerable populations. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING Medicare inpatient claims to calculate condition-specific readmission rates. Medicare cost reports and other sources to determine a hospital's share of duals, profit margin, and characteristics. STUDY DESIGN Regression analyses and projections were used to estimate risk-adjusted readmission rates and financial penalties under the HRRP… CONTINUE READING
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