The CLAHRC WM Director is always concerned about possible perverse effects of incentives. Sure, do all you can to ensure a decent handover of care, but only a small proportion of readmissions are avoidable. Anyway, a recent difference in difference analysis in New York State  suggests that financial penalties, while reducing readmissions, were associated with a small but significantly increased rate of attendance at the Emergency Department. Again the law of unintended consequences.
— Richard Lilford, CLAHRC WM Director
- McGarry B, Blankley A, Li Y. The Impact of the Medicare Hospital Readmission Reduction Program in New York State. Med Care. 2016; 54(2): 162-71.