According to a new Health Services Research study, Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (RRP) penalties will disproportionately fall on hospitals serving a high number of patients dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. The study found that hospitals serving many patients who have a dual-eligible status and hospitals with a high share of dual-eligible Medicare discharges have higher hospital readmission rates. Currently, the RRP does not adjust for socioeconomic status, raising a concern that hospitals serving low-income, vulnerable populations may see reduced payments for excess readmissions.
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