Acta Scientific Medical Sciences (ASMS)(ISSN: 2582-0931)

Mini Review Volume 6 Issue 5

Medicare’s 30-days Readmission Rule in the United States: A Review and Recommendations

Iqbal Ratnani1*, Annum Faisal2, Parisa Aijaz3, Samia Nadeem4 and Salim Surani5

1DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, Houston, Texas, USA
2Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth, Texas, USA
3Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan
4Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad, Pakistan
5Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA

*Corresponding Author: Iqbal Ratnani, DeBakey Heart and Vascular Center, Houston, Texas, USA.

Received: February 28, 2022; Published: April 22, 2022


This review intends to explain the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 30-days unplanned readmission rule under its Hospital Reduction Readmission Program (HRRP). In this article, we will briefly define this rule with its intent, origin, impact on patients, hospitals, and staff/managers. In other words, we will describe who, what, when, where, why, and how this rule applies. We would also make some recommendations in this regard.

Keywords: Medicare; Readmissions; 30-days rule; CMS; Hospital Reduction Readmission Program


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Citation: Iqbal Ratnani., et al. “Medicare’s 30-days Readmission Rule in the United States: A Review and Recommendations”.Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 6.5 (2022): 165-167.


Copyright: © 2022 Iqbal Ratnani., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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