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Significant Differences Between High and Low Risk Surgical Procedures and Health Conditions in the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program

This paper focuses on the significant differences between high and low risks surgical procedures and health conditions in the hospital readmissions reduction program. The research in the literature demonstrates the various conditions, high and low risk surgical procedures, and readmission rates. The paper explains the methods of conducting the research. In the method section, this study involves a qualitative analysis of archival research data. I used the following keywords to search for peer-reviewed journal articles “surgical readmissions”, “Hospital Readmission Reduction Program”, “Affordable Care Act”, and “surgical procedures”. Databases used include California State University Northridge (CSUN) Oviatt Library Database, ScienceDirect (Elsevier), SAGE Journals Online, JSTOR, and PMC databases. I also used the Google Scholar search engine to find secondary articles on The Hospital Readmission Reduction Program and The Affordable Care Act. Out of the articles found, I typed in the keywords and selected the type of journals associated with my criteria. First I scanned the list of articles given in the results and selected the ones connecting with my research topic. I read the abstracts then the full text before selecting my twenty articles for the extensive literature review. Second this paper takes an overview of the background issues containing the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, its relation to the Affordable Care Act and surgical costs. Third, this paper analyzes the summarization of the findings in the literature review chosen to observe the significant differences between high and low risks surgical procedures and health conditions in the hospital readmission reduction program. Based on the findings directed in the literature review, the majority of the articles found that complications and infections were main attributes in the various procedures discussed in this paper. Also, the findings suggested that costs, gaps in research, and readmissions were secondary attributes in the various procedures.

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