Medicare to begin penalizing hospitals

Medicare will begin penalizing hospitals in the fiscal year starting Oct. 1 because their readmission rates for patients with heart failure, heart attack or pneumonia were too high. The maximum penalty is 1 percent. Of 16 hospitals in D.C. and Northern Virginia, only three were not penalized. If a hospital has a penalty of 0.8 percent, Medicare would reduce each claim for base reimbursement by that amount. Read related article.

Medicare will begin penalizing hospitals if readmission rates for patients with heart failure, heart attack or pneumonia are too high.
* The total penalty for all Inova hospitals is $259,000 | Note: The penalties do not apply to Maryland hospitals because the state has a unique arrangement with Medicare | Sources: Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, hospitals, D.C. officials. | The Washington Post. Published on September 30, 2012, 7:35 p.m.
 
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