Half of Hospitals to Be Punished

 

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The results are in and  “the Federal government will punish more than half of the nation’s hospitals – a total of 2,597 – for excess readmissions by withholding more than half a billion dollars in Medicare payments over the next year.” The new penalties are based on the rehospitalization rate for patients with six common conditions: heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, chronic lung disease, hip and knee replacements, coronary artery bypass graft surgery.  I wonder who is going to pay for this?  Do the doctors get penalized?  How about the administrators?  I wish someone actually did a follow up to see what effects these penalties had on the hospital. What do you think?

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