Cuts to Medicare
Hospitals in the District and Northern Virginia will lose millions of dollars in Medicare funding over the next year because too many of their patients were readmitted to a hospital within weeks of being released, according to Medicare data and interviews with hospital officials.
Beginning Monday, the hospitals will receive lower reimbursements on Medicare claims filed with the government for each admitted patient. Over the year, the total amount of those reductions will vary from $1.2 million for MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Northwest Washington, the region’s largest private hospital, to about $12,000 for Reston Hospital Center in Virginia. Of 16 hospitals in the District and Northern Virginia, all but three will get paid less.
The penalties do not apply to Maryland hospitals because the state has a unique payment arrangement with Medicare, the federal health program for the elderly and disabled.
What happens if you have a heart attack, are released, and have a stroke two weeks later? Or fall and break your hip?
This was an insane provision.