Critics Say Pressure To Lower Hospital Readmissions May Be Backfiring

December 12, 2017, Kimberly Marselas, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Five years after financial penalties went into place for hospitals with high readmission rates, several industry experts are questioning whether falling return rates mean patients actually are faring better. 

In an analysis by STAT, some skeptics say fewer readmissions belie a darker truth — that hospitals are taking shortcuts, and in some cases compromising patient care, to avoid financial pain and public embarrassment.

Long-term care providers, as hospitals' frequent care partners, have similarly been pressured to produce lower rehospitalization rates.  One prominent researcher said that the only certainty from the readmissions focus thus far is that more scrutiny has been given to the need for better post-acute care.

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