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Study: Medicare may best Medicare Advantage at reducing readmissions

Key clinical point: Medicare Advantage may have worse hospital readmission rates than traditional Medicare.

Major finding: Medicare Advantage readmission rates across three quality areas worsened when using multiple data sets and making statistical adjustments.

Study details: A retrospective cohort study linking data from the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set to the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review using hospital readmission data from 2011 to 2014.

Disclosures: The National Institute on Aging provided the primary funding for this study. A number of the authors received grants from the National Institutes of Health during the conduct of the study. No other relevant disclosures were reported.


Panagiotou OA et al. Ann Intern Med. 2019 Jun 25. doi: 10.7326/M18-1795.