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House Bill Would Factor Socioeconomic Factors Into Readmission Penalties

from FierceHealthcare

A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress would amend the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' readmissions program to factor in patients' socioeconomic status to prevent hospitals from receiving penalties for circumstances beyond their control. Under the legislation, CMS would compare hospitals with similar patient populations when applying bonuses and penalties under the program, with more concrete adjustment mechanisms to come after further research was complete. more

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