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Research Letter
Health Care Reform
January 2016

Changes in Discharge Location and Readmission Rates Under Medicare Bundled Payment

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System, New York, New York
  • 2Department of Population Health, NYU School of Medicine, New York
  • 3Center for Healthcare Innovation and Delivery Science, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York
  • 4Department of Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, New York
JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(1):115-117. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.6265

Patients are often referred for postacute care after hospitalization to improve outcomes and reduce readmissions. The use of postacute care has grown rapidly, with costs doubling since 2001.1,2 Although such care can take place at home, skilled nursing facilities, or inpatient rehabilitation facilities, facility-based care is more expensive,3,4 but whether it is more effective remains unknown.

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