AHA Rejects Proposed Readmission Penalties
The AHA also says it has serious concerns over the proposed rule's plan to cut 1.9% and another .8% that in essence attempt to correct for case-mix coding problems between 2007 and 2010.
But the AHA says "there is a fundamental flaw in CMS's methodology for determining the effect of documentation and coding...The AHA is extremely troubled by this proposal and by the fact that CMS continues to compare hospitals' documentation and coding practices to their documentation and coding practices under an entirely different system in FY 2007."
The final rule is expected to be released in August.
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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