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IPPS Proposed Rules Clarify Readmissions Penalties

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, April 25, 2012

Also proposed is a component of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), now a part of the VBP program, that evaluates the effectiveness of patient care transitions.

Other Hospitals
CMS defines quality and reporting measures that apply specifically to psychiatric hospitals and cancer hospitals. Other measures apply to other long-term care hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers.

CMS will accept comments to the proposed rule until June 25, 2012 and will respond to those comments in a final rule by August 1, 2012.

More specific information on the proposed rule is available here.


Cheryl Clark is senior quality editor and California correspondent for HealthLeaders Media. She is a member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
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Kelly (4/27/2012 at 10:19 AM)
This keeps getting ludicrous. This boils down to not wanting to pay ANYTHING for patients being admitted to the hospital. They keep finding ways to withhold more and more money from hospitals. I work at a community hospital (that is one of the best) and receives award after award. We are still penalized. I can't imagine how other hospitals that are not as good are faring. Hospitals are going to start closing because of all the things being put in place. It's impossible. Then, where are people going to go.