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2012 change in Medicare payment rules. Where once hospitals were paid piecemeal for every admission and procedure during patients' stays, now hospitals are penalized when patients return within 30 days for the same problem, or because of a complication from their previous stay, if the readmission is deemed by Medicare to be unnecessary. There are no rewards given to hospitals that manage to reduce their readmission rates, and hospitals cannot opt out of the penalty program. Some places are already feeling the pain: According to Kaiser Health News, federal records released on Aug. 2, show that Medicare will impose $227 million in fines on 2,225 hospitals in 49 states starting Oct. 1.
toward similar payment systems, is an attempt to stop the revolving door of hospitalizations. So far, Medicare is refusing payment for unnecessary readmissions for three high cost conditions: heart failure, heart attack and pneumonia. That list is expected to expand by 2014 to include Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and coronary bypass surgery. There are additional penalties for what Medicare deems excessive readmissions overall. It is on.
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