Medicare fines over hospitals' readmitted patients (ObamaCare Kick In)

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    Medicare fines over hospitals' readmitted patients (ObamaCare Kick In)
    Google AP ^ | Sept 30, 2012 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR

    The Associated Press: Medicare fines over hospitals' readmitted patients

    Obongo care sucks!
     
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    Hummmmm re-admit a patient who may have had complications or face a 125,000 dollar fine? Me thinks this may have some hospitals refusing to admit a patient for fear of a fine...

    Complications are not always the result of the hospital or doctor, I wonder how they will decide and how much money such an investigation will cost the taxpayer?

    Grandma's surgical wound got infected because she did not follow directions and needed to be readmitted for a fever then treatment at a later date because she got sicker. So now we need to investigate each incident?
     
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    No one is getting refused admittal.
     
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    those Medicare patients are sure becoming more and more popular with the doctors and hospitals....considering the cuts to Medicare reimbursements and now this.....:rolleyes:

    Obama is sure looking out for the seniors.....:eusa_hand:
     
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    And hospitals become just a bit more accountable for the quality of the care they provide.

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    That is the first thing I thought of. I have seen patients on antibiotics continue drinking heavily or they just don't take their medicine or follow instructions.

    I think doctors will be afraid to take on new patients for fear they can't control all things regarding their health. Or patients will have longer hospital stays since the doctor will want the patient further along with recovery to reduce the chance of complications.

    It never ends well when non-medical people try to call the shots with healthcare or impose penalties by guessing whose fault it is when something goes wrong.

    No one can control everything and complications are often expected after a serious illness or surgery. I've had family members who were re-admitted after a serious illness, but the time they got at home helped their emotional state and there was no need to run up a huge bill in between. Complications can happen in hospitals, too, and it's just not reasonable in most cases to keep people indefinitely until they have a clean bill of health. That is why we have home health care for people so they can be in the comfort of their own home and still be under some medical care to watch for problems.
     
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    a recent Doctor Patient Medical Association poll found that 74% of doctors say they will stop accepting Medicare patients or will leave Medicare entirely because of Obamacare

    How Obamacare hurts seniors* - New York Daily News
     
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    Very Cool!

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    Lets see how long THAT lasts.

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    Non-medical people? Reforms to Medicare, including this one, are suggested by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, a group of doctors and health system experts. Here's their current membership: Commission Members (yes, some run/have run health systems and hospitals).

    They had a whole chapter on readmissions in their June 2007 Report to Congress. More immediately, here's what they had to say in April 2009, right around the time this law was being written:

    Guess who was listening? Congress.

    Laws like this should indeed be written with the recommendations of those who understand the health system best in mind. That's why it's nice to know this one was.
     
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