In an effort to promote quality care and reduce expenses, the Affordable Care Act mandated payment reductions for hospitals with high rates of readmissions. Now it appears that nursing homes may also be held accountable for hospital readmissions.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 2014 budget proposal includes a package of Medicare legislative proposals that could save $371.0 billion over ten years. One recommendation included in the proposal would impose payment reductions to skilled nursing facilities for preventable hospital readmissions.
The HHS cites analysis by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission which indicates that nearly 14 percent of individuals on Medicare discharged from a hospital to a skilled nursing setting are readmitted to the hospital for conditions that could potentially have been avoided. The HHS 2014 budget proposal recommends reducing payments by up to three percent for skilled nursing facilities that are determined to have high rates of preventable hospital readmissions. The proposed penalties would take effect in 2017, with an estimated $2.2 billion in savings over 10 years.
Federal Agency Activity, Health Care, Research
Research studies and clinical trials help doctors and others understand more about aging and diseases affecting older adults and to help spread that m...
It’s now open season for people seeking to switch health coverage plans and that means watch out for scams, says the Federal Trade Commission. The ...
End of Life, Health and Wellness, Health Care
The SCAN Foundation and Avalere Health have created a new comprehensive brochure “Establishing the Financial Sustainability of Your Organization’s Per...
End of Life, Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Health Care, Informed Consent, Reports
An alarmingly high 95 percent of emergency room patients mistake their emergency contact as their designated medical decision maker for end-of-life ca...
Facts and Figures, Health Care, Reports
Health care spending is expected to grow this year and immediately beyond thanks to the combined effects of new federal health law, faster economic gr...