8 Reasons Why Hospitals Should Reduce Bed Volume
These decisions are certain to further drive down rates of reimbursement for hospitals, physicians and other providers. And who knows how they will choose to compensate for that, whether by reducing services, salaries and staff, merging forces, postponing construction projects and by just being logarithmically more efficient than they are today.
Or by contriving ways to market more services with hefty margins, whether justified or not.
As Fisher said, the problem is not just readmissions, "it's avoidable admissions overall."
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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