Treating the high cost of healthcare
A feature of the Affordable Care Act is about to kick in and will result in 20 Colorado hospitals being penalized for having too many discharged Medicare patients return within a month. Nationally, more than 2,000 hospitals will forfeit $280M in 2013. The Denver Post's Michael Booth reported, "Hospitals will lose up to 1 percent of the next year's Medicare payments if they readmitted too high a proportion of their patients from 2008 to 2011. While 26 Colorado hospitals escaped the sanction, a Cheyenne Wells hospital will lose 1 percent, and five Centura hospitals are being fined up to a quarter of 1 percent of Medicare bills."
- mHealth Tackles Readmissions
- 'Kafkaesque' Value System Unfairly Penalizes Doctor Pay
- CNO Leads $1M Charge for New Scrubs, Uniforms
- Targeting Self-Insured Populations
- MA an Insurance Proving Ground for Providers
- Sharp HealthCare Leaves Pioneer ACO Program
- Some Cancer Hospitals' Quality Data Will Soon Be Public
- Proton Beam Therapy Poised for Growth in US
- Docs Fret as HHS Addresses Malpractice Reporting 'Loopholes'
- Half of All Primary Care, Internal Medicine Jobs Unfilled in 2013