Hospital readmissions underreported, higher for Medicare Advantage vs. traditional Medicare

Medicare Advantage beneficiaries had higher 30-day readmission rates than traditional Medicare beneficiaries, and these admissions may be underreported, according to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
“One third of Medicare beneficiaries (about 19 million people) are currently enrolled in Medicare Advantage,” Orestis A. Panagiotou, MD, PhD, of Brown University School of Public Health, and colleagues wrote. “Previous studies have reported lower readmission rates in Medicare Advantage than traditional Medicare, leading some policy observers to conclude that

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