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Medicare readmission rate falls, but cause unclear, study says
Modern Healthcare

A new study finds that U.S. hospitals recorded about 70,000 fewer cases than expected of Medicare patients being readmitted for inpatient care last year.

That finding is likely to hearten policymakers and health system leaders who have pushed for financial incentives and procedures to improve post-discharge care and coordination as a way to avoid readmissions. But the study does not definitively show the decline in readmission rates was directly caused by those payment and quality reforms.