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Report: Adjust for socioeconomic factors when calculating readmission penalties

Case Management Insider, January 20, 2015

A new report by Truven Health Analytics called “CMS Readmission Penalties: Estimating the Impact of Socioeconomics and Race” suggests that if CMS adjusted for socioeconomic and race factors when calculating readmission penalties, it would result in a less biased comparison between hospitals.

Safety net hospitals, the report said, treat a higher number of patients who have statistically higher risks of readmission and making these adjustments would essentially level the playing field between them and other hospitals.
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