Associations between payment reforms and cardiac rehabilitation in traditional Medicare beneficiaries : use of cardiac rehabilitation following payment incentives and penalties, and its relationship to 30-day all-cause readmission ratios
Background Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is an outpatient, exercise-based prevention strategy with Class I Guideline recommendations. However, only 10-30% of eligible Medicare beneficiaries begin CR treatment following eligible cardiac events. Objective This research tested three aims: 1) the association between a 179% Medicare payment increase to hospitals for CR in 2011 and CR participation, 2) the association between implementation of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) in 2012 and CR participation, and 3) the association between hospital-level CR participation rates and HRRP ...
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