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Readmission rates should be re-examined as measure of quality, AHA report says
Modern Healthcare

While unnecessary hospital readmissions should be avoided to lower the cost of healthcare, eliminating planned readmissions would have an adverse effect on healthcare, according to an American Hospital Association report (PDF). The report appears in the September edition of the AHA’s Trendwatch, and states that readmission rates alone may be an “ill-advised measure of quality.” About 2 million Medicare patients each year return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee.

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