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Federal policy to reduce re-hospitalizations is linked to increased mortality rates

19:00 EST 11 Nov 2017 | AAAS

(University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences) Federal policymakers five years ago introduced the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program to spur hospitals to reduce Medicare readmission rates by penalizing them if they didn't. A new analysis led by researchers at UCLA and Harvard University, however, finds that the program may be so focused on keeping some patients out of the hospital that related death rates are increasing.

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