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Reform Update: Congressional measure may ease concerns over readmission penalties
Modern Healthcare

As support grows for the need to adjust 30-day readmission-rate penalties for hospitals serving impoverished communities, hospital groups remain concerned that new measures and higher penalties anticipated next year will continue to hurt efforts to achieve the very quality measures the penalties are supposed to address.

Last Thursday, a group of U.S senators introduced legislation called the Hospital Readmission Accuracy and Accountability Act, which would require the CMS to account for patient socio-economic status when calculating risk-adjusted readmissions penalties.