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HRRP adjustments lead to fewer hospitals at penalty risk

The addition of the peer-group-stratified payment-adjustment method to the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program in fiscal year 2019 led to 14% fewer hospitals being subject to a penalty, compared with 2018, according to a study in JAMA Network Open. The new model up-classified 2.80% of hospitals, putting them into penalty status, and down-classified 6.83% of hospitals to a nonpenalty status.

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