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Hip, knee surgery readmission rate improvement slows under CMS program
Modern Healthcare

The expansion of the CMS’ long-standing readmissions penalty program to hip and knee replacement procedures didn’t lead to significant reductions in 30-day return rates to hospitals, a new study finds.

While readmission rates have declined for total hip and knee replacement surgeries, the most dramatic improvements happened before providers even knew the procedures were included in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, according to the analysis published Monday in Health Affairs.