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Health policy experts caution that when health care purchasers tinker with payment incentives, the results can often have unintended consequences. In recent years, federal policy makers have raised concerns about the unintended results from Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP).
In December, researchers published the results of a study of HRRP’s effects on mortality in JAMA that showed a rising number of patient deaths. They also cautioned that more analysis is needed.
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