County-level Variation in Readmission Rates

Implications for the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program's Potential to Succeed

Published in: HSR, Health Services Research, v. 50, no. 1, Editorial, Feb. 2015, p. 12-19

Posted on RAND.org on February 13, 2015

by Teryl K. Nuckols

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The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) implemented in fiscal year 2013 creates financial penalties for hospitals with higher-than-expected 30-day risk-adjusted readmission rates for adults age 65 years and older. The author discusses readmission rates among older adults after implementation of HRRP, related studies, and factors that help determine whether this policy is an operational success.

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