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Wednesday, August 12, 2015
CT still lags most states in Medicare hospital readmission rates
According to Kaiser
Health News, ninety percent of CT’s acute care hospitals will be assessed a
penalty by Medicare because of high readmission rates, starting October 1st.
54% of US hospitals will be penalized this year for the percent of Medicare patients
with certain conditions who return to the hospital within 30 days, down
slightly from last year. As
for last year, CT is second highest among states in the percent of
hospitals facing penalties, behind only NJ. CT’s rate of penalized hospitals
has changed little since last year, however the average penalty per hospital
jumped from 0.22% last year to 0.66% of revenue this year. This year the
highest penalty rate goes to Milford Hospital, followed by Middlesex and
Johnson Memorial. Experts estimate that half of readmissions could be prevented
by improving care including more clear discharge instructions, coordinating
with community providers, and reducing complications during hospital stays.
Other quality-based Medicare hospital bonuses and penalties will also begin in
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