Brown study: No way to predict readmission risk under CJR

CMS launched the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model in April 2016 to compel hospitals to better coordinate care for joint replacement surgery patients in an effort to reduce readmissions and use of expensive post-acute services. The CJR model imposes penalties on hospitals for readmissions of lower extremity joint replacement patients within 90 days of surgery, but a new study from Brown University finds there is no adequate index for predicting readmission risk.

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