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Did the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program reduce readmissions? An assessment of prior evidence and new estimates.

Siedan E, Kaestner R. Did the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program reduce readmissions? An assessment of prior evidence and new estimates. Eval Rev. 2021;45(6):359-411. doi: 10.1177/0193841x211069704.

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February 9, 2022
Ziedan E, Kaestner R. Eval Rev. 2021;45(6):359-411.

The Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Service (CMS) Hospital Readmissions and Reduction Program (HRRP) financially penalizes hospitals if patients with certain medical conditions are readmitted. This study analyzed the empirical approaches used in prior research to evaluate the effectiveness of the HRRP. The authors conclude that approaches used in some prior research lacked internal validity and may not indicate causal consequences of the program on readmissions.