Once again, the majority of the nation’s hospitals are being penalized by Medicare for having patients frequently return within a month of discharge — this time losing a combined $420 million, government records show.
In the fourth year of federal readmission penalties, 2,592 hospitals will receive lower payments for every Medicare patient that stays in the hospital — readmitted or not — starting in October. The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, created by the Affordable Care Act, was designed to make hospitals pay closer attention to what happens to their patients after they get discharged.
Tana Phelps is senior interactive marketing specialist at CQuence Health Group in Omaha, Neb. Passionate about health care, her marketing experience includes work in diagnostic imaging, concierge medicine, telehealth and cardiology. Tana is a published author, most recently featured in Midwest Medical Edition magazine. She is a member of Nebraska Healthcare Marketers and Public Relations Society of America, and studied journalism, marketing and advertising at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.