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Medicare Hospital Readmissions Down, Penalties Up

October 10, 2014

 

The nation’s hospital readmission rate for Medicare patients is going down—a 10% decline from 2012 to 2013, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This translates into 150,000 fewer hospital readmissions.

 

But the penalties for readmissions are going up, according to an analysis by Kaiser Health News. Medicare is assessing penalties for excess readmissions on a record number of hospitals, some 2,610, according to the publication.

 

According to Kaiser Health News:

 

 

  • 75% of hospitals subject to Medicare’s hospital readmissions reduction program are being penalized
  • Fines over the course of Fiscal Year 2015, which started October 1, 2014, will total $428 million
  • 39 hospitals will experience reductions of 3%, the highest allowed under the law
  • A majority of hospitals in 29 states will face penalties, including those in California, Florida, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

 

Click to view Kaiser Health News (KHN) article