Two-thirds of hospitals will soon suffer penalties for above-average readmissions, according to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).
Beginning Oct. 1, a penalty of up to 1 percent for readmissions related to acute myocardial infarction, heart failure, and pneumonia will be set to impact hospitals in 2013, with the percentage increasing to up to 3 percent into 2015.
MedPAC has released extensive information to help hospitals reduce readmissions, including these tips:
• Identify at-risk populations.
• Improve communication with providers outside of the hospital.
• Educate the patient on taking charge of his or her care.
• Schedule follow-up appointments and decide on medication before the patient is discharged.