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AHA Rejects Proposed Readmission Penalties



In a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the American Hospital Association objects to several parts of the proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System rule, saying federal officials "ignored Congress's intent" in drafting the regulations.



1 comments on "AHA Rejects Proposed Readmission Penalties"
Tom Johnson (6/25/2012 at 8:30 PM)

Rick Pollack is right on target with his criticisms of this CMS readmission penalty rule. Study after study have pointed out that patients in the lower socio-economic rung tend to have more co-mobidities; they tend to have less access to health care information; they often don't have access to primary care services; they don't have the same level of compliance to accepted health care guidelines for self care, etc. Their re-admission rate is bound to be higher and many of these patients are under Medicaid or are uninsured so hospitals taking care of a disproportionate share of these patients will be unfairly penalized. This CMS rule is a utopian rule not grounded in reality. Tom Johnson, LFACHE