Hospitals Pending New Bill with Readmissions

Hospitals Pending New Bill with Readmissions - Health Council

“Reducing hospital re-admissions is at the forefront of every healthcare executive’s mind, especially since hospitals face growing penalties from Medicare for high readmission rates. However, a new bill pending in Congress may make compliance a bit easier on facilities. ”

The Helping Hospitals Improve Patient Care Act was introduced by Reps. Jim McDermott (D-Wash) and Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio). It was designed to keep hospitals from being penalized based on the patient mix they serve – specifically, to take patients’ socioeconomic status into account when calculating readmission rates.

“Besides these adjustments to re-admissions rates, the act also includes provisions that address payment rates for off-campus hospital outpatient departments and off-campus cancer centers.” While also addressing:

  • An exception to current regulations for increasing the number of beds in long-term care hospitals
  • An extension to the rural community hospital demonstration program, and
  • Modification of the treatment of ambulatory surgery center patient encounters.

Read the full article: New bill would help hospitals with readmissions