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Fines cut hospital readmissions rates

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Financial penalties under the Affordable Care Act’s Hospital Readmission Reduction Program reduced 30-day risk-standardized  readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (AMI), heart failure and pneumonia compared with rates before the law’s passage, says an article in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The  readmission reductions were particularly  notable at the hospitals that had had the worst readmission rates before the ACA went into effect.

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