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New Round of Medicare Readmission Penalties Hits 2,583 Hospitals

2 Oct 2019 11:26 AM | AIMHI Admin (Administrator)

Kaiser Health News Source Articles | Comments Courtesy of Matt Zavadsky

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Effective partnerships have shown excellent reductions in preventable readmissions.

NOTE: At the end of this article, KHN provides links to download all the readmission penalties since 2015 for all hospitals, and a look up tool where you can look up hospital’s readmission penalties.  

An exceptional resource!

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New Round of Medicare Readmission Penalties Hits 2,583 Hospitals

Jordan Rau

October 1, 2019

 

 

Medicare cut payments to 2,583 hospitals Tuesday, continuing the Affordable Care Act’s eight-year campaign to financially pressure hospitals into reducing the number of patients who return for a second stay within a month.

The severity and broad application of the penalties, which Medicare estimates will cost hospitals $563 million over a year, follows the trend of the past few yearsOf the 3,129 general hospitals evaluated in the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, 83% received a penalty, which will be deducted from each payment for a Medicare patient stay over the fiscal year that begins today.

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