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Reducing Repeat Hospitalizations Doesn’t Harm Patients: Study

TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 — Under Obamacare, efforts were made to cut the number of times patients needed to head back to the hospital after discharge. But would a reduction in these “readmissions” leave patients more vulnerable at home, raising death rates?
A new study suggests that didn’t happen. Reducing hospital readmission rates for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia didn’t increase death rates, the researchers said.
As part of the Affordable Care Act, U.S. hospitals face significant financial penalties if they have too many readmissions. Since enactment of the health care law, also known as Obamacare, readmission rates within 30 days after patient discharge have been significantly reduced.
To find out how that might affect death rates, researchers analyzed…
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