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Correlation Between Readmission Interval and Post-Discharge Mortality

      Since its inception in October 2012, Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program has fined nearly 2,200 hospitals over $500 million. While the current reimbursement model penalizes all 30-day readmissions equally, critics argue that differences in quality may be reflected by the duration between discharge and readmission (readmission interval). We sought to investigate the impact of readmission interval in surgical patients on other markers of quality such as mortality.
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