UPI reports researchers say cheaper isn't always better, especially when it comes to healthcare. The launch of the Affordable Care Act reformed Medicare by incentivizing the reduction of patient needing to be readmitted to the hospital. This led hospitals to discharge more patients to skilled nursing facilities, which have been shown to reduce readmission rates. But a new study from the University of Pennsylvania says Medicare patients discharged to home healthcare had nearly a 6 percent higher risk of returning to a hospital after 30 days than those discharged to post-acute care nursing facilities. A separate study revealed that 40 percent of patients faced early readmission following heart failure surgery because of low-quality home care.


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