Lower Readmissions Not Linked to Post-Discharge Mortality Risk


A review of more than six million hospitalizations shows no linkage between reduced 30-day readmissions and increased post-discharge mortality, according to a new study in JAMA.

Yale New Haven Health researchers, led by Kumar Dharmarajan, MD, wanted to see if the Affordable Care Act's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program had the unintended consequence of increasing mortality rates. Researchers and advocacy groups have raised concerns that hospitals might not readmit patients out of fear of financial penalties associated with HRRP, thus increasing post-discharge mortality.

Those concerns, apparently, are unfounded, the study showed.