Originally Posted by Otter
Under the Affordable Care Act's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, hospitals that readmit "excessive" numbers of Medicare patients within 30 days of discharge now face significant penalties. The maximum penalty is 1% of a hospital's Medicare reimbursement, but that will increase to 3% in 2015.
That may not sound like a lot, but for hospitals already struggling financially—especially those serving the poor—losing 1%-3% of their Medicare reimbursements could put them out of business. While the Affordable Care Act addresses important gaps in health care and insurance, this regulation is one of its major failings.
Giving hospitals an incentive to improve the quality of care and reduce the rehospitalization of patients, thereby lowering Medicare costs, is a worthy goal. But the current approach flies in the face of the best medical science and jeopardizes the health of patients and the bottom line of hospitals in three important ways:
Another thing Josef "BigRedChief" Goebbels failed to mention is that he can see the results of his 'anonymous' poll.
Carry on Josef.
Once it's entrenched that's just the beginning.