Bundled payments require hospitals to monitor patients months after discharge — or pay a price.
Obama Administration Aims to Improve Landscape for Older Americans
A record 2,610 hospitals will face fines over the next 12 months for patient readmission rates that Medicare says are too high, Kaiser Health News reported Oct. 2. The increase in the number of hospitals receiving financial penalties is due to an expansion in patient categories Medicare is tracking readmissions for. In addition to patients with heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services now evaluates readmission rates for patients initially admitted for elective knee and hip replacements as well as patients with lung ailments such as chronic bronchitis.