Medicare hospital acquired condition reduction program

Medicare Sending Mixed Signals on Hospital Quality

764 hospitals were recently penalized by Medicare for having too many patient infections and potentially avoidable medical complications.  As a result, they will see their Medicare payments reduced one percent over the next year – a standard penalty under the agency’s Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program. Thirty-eight of those hospitals cited for this problem, however, were awarded five stars – the highest rating – on Medicare’s Care Compare web site.  Another 134 penalized hospitals received four-star ratings. Why the seeming contradiction?  Kaiser Health News explores this question, and offers some answers, in the article “Health Care Paradox:  Medicare Penalizes Dozens of [...]

2022-02-08T11:53:31+00:00February 8, 2022|hospitals, Medicare reimbursement policy|

Medicare Penalizes Hospitals for Avoidable Injuries, Illnesses

Medicare is reducing payments to 751 hospitals because of the high rate at which their patients have suffered avoidable injuries and illnesses while in the hospital. The penalties come under Medicare’s Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, which was established by the Affordable Care Act. Among the penalized hospitals, more than half were penalized last year as well 115 are academic medical centers – about one-third of all such facilities more than one-third of all safety-net hospitals were penalized Learn more about the program, the penalties, and why the penalties were assessed in this Kaiser Health News report.

2017-12-26T06:00:25+00:00December 26, 2017|Affordable Care Act, Medicaid regulations|
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