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Medicare readmissions penalties will hurt COPD patients, teaching hospitals

from FierceHealthcare

Lung disease experts say Medicare's new policy to penalize excessive hospital readmissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease will do more harm than good — hurting a vulnerable patient population and also the hospitals that care for them. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hospital Readmission Reduction Program has added COPD to its list of conditions subject to penalties for readmitting patients too often within 30 days of discharge. more

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