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Readmissions may say more about patients than care
Modern Healthcare

Hospital readmissions that Medicare penalizes under the Affordable Care Act are largely driven by patient characteristics such as income and education rather than the quality of care they receive, according to a new study.

The report, published online by JAMA Internal Medicine, identified 22 characteristics that are associated with higher probabilities of readmission but aren’t taken into account by the CMS.

“This finding suggests that Medicare is penalizing hospitals to a large extent based on the patients they serve,” the authors conclude.