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41. Healthcare Policy in the Crosshairs: The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

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11/08/2018Michel AccadAnish Koka

The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program is a recent policy designed to save the government money by imposing large financial penalties on hospitals whose readmission rates for certain medical conditions are found to be higher than the national average. Could pushing policy levers on such a grand scale conceivably have negative unintended consequences?…

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