Federal officials "ignored Congress's intent" when it wrote its proposed rules governing how hospitals will be penalized up to 1% for higher readmission rates, said American Hospital Association executive vice president Rick Pollack.
That's in part because the May 11 document by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services does not exclude all planned and unrelated readmissions from being counted against the 3,393 hospitals affected by the penalty rule, which will take effect Oct. 1, the AHA says.
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