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Readmission rates falling as observation cases rise

Case Management Insider, November 17, 2015

Are hospitals artificially dropping their readmission rates by providing more patients with observation services?

A Health Affairs blog post seems to indicate that this may be the case. The number of Medicare observation cases nearly doubled in the six years before Medicare implemented its readmission penalties, according to Health Affairs—and didn’t stop in 2012 and 2013.

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