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The debate about whether hospital readmissions should be used to measure quality is escalating. The renewed interest in this topic comes from the recognition that reducing readmissions is a rare example of the elusive goal of simultaneously improving quality and reducing costs. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently gave readmission measures increased importance by implementing substantial financial penalties through the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP). The HRRP began assessing penalties of up to 3% of a hospital’s total Medicare payments for hospitals with higher-than-expected risk-adjusted readmission rates for common medical conditions, acute myocardial infarction, pneumonia, and congestive heart failure.1
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