There is a financial incentive in all of this.
Under the new law, Medicare can withhold up to 1 percent of regular reimbursements for hospitals that had too many patient readmissions within 30 days of discharge because of three medical conditions: heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia. The maximum penalty will increase to 3 percent by 2015 and be expanded to include readmissions for other medical conditions.
When considering the readmission rate nationally for heart failure is 25 percent – the savings potential here is huge. That’s why it wasn’t just on a whim Sharon Regional was among a number of western Pennsylvania hospitals seeking the designation, noted John “Jack’’ Janoso, Sharon Regional’s CEO.
“We were hoping and hoping to be a viable participant,’’ he said.
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