Medicare is fining a record number of hospitals – 2,610 – for having too many patients return within a month for additional treatments.
Even though the nation’s readmission rate is dropping, Medicare’s average fines will be higher, with 39 hospitals receiving the largest penalty allowed, including the nation’s oldest hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia.
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.