Medicare Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program

Roughly 20 percent of Medicare patients discharged from hospitals in the United States will be readmitted to a hospital within 30 days. These readmissions cost the Medicare program an estimated $12 billion a year and may be preventable. This issue of Legal Notes explains the Affordable Care Act’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) and its implications for regional health care quality improvement collaboratives.