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January 23/30, 2013

Revisiting Hospital Readmissions

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Dr Fontanarosa (phil.fontanarosa@jamanetwork.org) is Executive Editor and Dr McNutt is Contributing Editor, JAMA. Dr McNutt is also with the Department of Medicine, Rush University School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois.

JAMA. 2013;309(4):398-400. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.42

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act1 is intended to ensure that all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care and to slow the rate of increase in the cost of health care services provided. Section 3025 of the Affordable Care Act established the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP), whereby Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System reimbursements would be reduced for hospitals that have “excess readmissions.”1

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