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Traditional Medicare May Trump Medicare Advantage in Reducing Readmissions

Posted on Monday, July 1, 2019 12:11 PM

According to a recent study by Brown University published Annals of Internal Medicine, traditional Medicare may have a better track record of reducing hospital readmission rates than Medicare Advantage.  Although the difference is small, 17.2% vs 16.9%, most people believed it was Medicare Advantage that had the lower rate. 

“Previous studies have reported lower readmission rates in Medicare Advantage than traditional Medicare, leading some policy observers to conclude that Medicare Advantage beneficiaries have better post-acute care outcomes,” the researchers wrote. “However, these studies have been limited by the lack of complete and accurate data on hospitalizations in Medicare Advantage.”

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