Geographic Differences in Potentially Preventable Readmission Rates in Rural and Urban Hospitals

Publication Date: November 21st, 2010
Publication Type(s): Policy Brief
Author(s): Klug, M., Knudson, A., Muus, K.,

Potentially preventable hospital readmissions (PPRs) among Medicare patients are examples of inefficiencies in the health care system. Policymakers are considering efforts to measure and publicly report preventable readmission rates and target hospitals with high rates for improvement by means of payment policy and technical assistance. To help inform the policy debate about readmissions of rural patients, this study estimated PPRs in three types of acute care hospitals: urban prospective payment system (PPS) hospitals, rural PPS hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).

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