Analysis Group Manager Christopher Ody Is Co-author of One of the 10 Most-Read Health Affairs Articles of 2019

January 2, 2020

An article on Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) co-authored by Analysis Group Manager Christopher Ody has been recognized by Health Affairs as being one of the publication’s 10 most-read articles of 2019.

In “Decreases In Readmissions Credited To Medicare’s Program To Reduce Hospital Readmissions Have Been Overstated,” Dr. Ody and his colleagues note that the lower risk-adjusted readmission rates reported for targeted conditions at general acute care hospitals had been attributed to Medicare’s HRRP, but reductions “appear to be illusory or overstated.” A concurrent change in electronic transaction standards had the effect of reducing risk-adjusted patient readmission rates.

Shortly after the article’s publication, the study was featured and Dr. Ody was quoted in an article in The New York Times, “Hospitals Stopped Readmitting So Many Medicare Patients. Did That Cost Lives?”

Dr. Ody, who joined Analysis Group in 2019, specializes in applying microeconomics and econometrics to matters related to antitrust, competition, and health care markets. His research has focused on issues related to industrial organization in many health care industries.

Read an abstract of the study

Read the article in The New York Times featuring the study and quoting Dr. Ody