Readmissions and Surgical Quality: Finally some good news

Co-written with Thomas Tsai, MD, MPH, Department of Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital       Why readmission penalties are controversial Penalizing hospitals for high readmission rates has been pretty controversial.  Critics of the program have argued that readmissions have little to do with what happens while the patient is in the hospital and are driven primarily by how sick or how poor the patient is.  Advocates of the readmissions…