Hospitals with greater reductions in readmissions rates are no more likely to increase their observation-service use than other hospitals, according to a study reported today in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study examines readmission and observation-service rates before, during and after implementation of the Affordable Care Act and its Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. “Within hospitals, there was no significant association between changes in observation-service use and changes in readmission rates after implementation of the ACA,” the authors write. The study also found that readmission rates were falling before ACA implementation, declined more quickly after implementation and then at a slower rate after HRRP penalties were initiated. “This study from Department of Health and Human Services researchers shows America’s hospitals have reduced avoidable readmissions and continue to improve,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “It also disproves the notion that the reduction in readmissions has led to an increase in observation stays, instead attributing that increase to the overzealous Recovery Audit Contractors who second-guess physician judgment.”

Related News Articles

Headline
Hospitals and health systems may apply through Feb. 19 for the 2019 AHA Equity of Care Award, which recognizes organizations participating in the AHA's #…
Insights and Analysis
At last month’s AHA Executive Forum, Kimberlydawn Wisdom, M.D., senior vice president of community health and equity and chief wellness and diversity officer…
Headline
The AHA today submitted to the Food and Drug Administration legislative, regulatory and best practice recommendations to address new and chronic prescription…
Headline
A coalition of 40 health care and public health organizations, including the AHA, today urged the Senate to quickly pass the Pandemic and All-Hazards…
Headline
The House of Representatives last night passed legislation (H.R. 269) that includes the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act.
Headline
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response will host a Jan. 29 webinar on its new toolkit.