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If insurance companies choose to provide positive incentives to hospitals to reduce the rate of readmissions, what may be inferred about programs underwritten by insurance companies?
Since the aim of these programs is to save the insurance companies money, their cost must be less than these companies are currently paying for readmissions.
Since these programs would allow for better follow-up care, we can infer that they would keep patients healthier and therefore reduce the rate of hospital readmissions.
There is nothing in the passage to suggest that a program underwritten (paid for) by the insurance companies would cost the hospital more money than usual.
There is no information to support this statement. The author presents the idea of programs underwritten by insurance companies as a possible solution to the problem of hospital readmissions, but we have no way of determining whether this solution would work or fail.
Although these programs will reduce the number of readmissions, we cannot infer that all readmissions will cease (people still get sick unexpectedly).