KC-Area Hospitals Get Bigger Financial Penalties

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has revised the financial penalties it levied this month on hospitals, with most in the Kansas City area taking a slightly bigger hit.
Beginning Oct. 1, the federal government began reducing the Medicare reimbursements paid to hospitals that had an overabundance of certain patients being readmitted for treatment within 30 days of an initial hospital stay. The policy, part of the health reform law, focuses on patients originally admitted for heart attacks, heart failure or pneumonia between July 2008 and June 2011.
All but two Kansas City-area hospitals were assigned penalties when the CMS released its initial list in the summer. The agency said it discovered “technical errors” in its calculations in August and revised them, in most cases making the cuts deeper.

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