Five Florida Hospitals Face Maximum Medicare Readmission Rate Penalty
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will penalize 2,583 hospitals for having too many Medicare patients readmitted within 30 days, according to federal data analyzed by Kaiser Health News.
Five Florida hospitals will get the maximum penalty of a 3% cut to reimbursement rates. The minimum is 0.01%.
The federal government penalizes hospitals with high readmission rates in an effort to reduce the number of patients who return for a second hospital stay within a month.
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Proponents of the penalties – which have been ongoing since 2012 as part of the Affordable Care act – say it forces hospitals to have better follow up care and help patients get medications.
Critics say it encourages hospitals to avoid readmitting patients who need it.
The penalties are based on the frequency of readmissions of Medicare patients who had originally been treated for heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, chronic lung disease, hip and knee replacement or coronary artery bypass surgery.
Readmissions that were scheduled to occur are not counted.