The average payment reduction was 0.43%, the lowest since 2014.
The latest fines, based on readmissions between July 2016 and June 2019, will lower reimbursements for the hospitals.
Around the country, nursing homes trying to protect their residents from the coronavirus eagerly await boxes of masks, eyewear and gowns promised by the federal government. But all too often the packages deliver disappointment — if they arrive at all.
Long before the novel coronavirus made its surprise appearance, the nation’s nursing homes were struggling to obey basic infection prevention protocols designed to halt the spread of viruses and bacteria they battle daily.
When Ashley Pintos went to the emergency room of St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington in 2016, with a sharp pain in her abdomen and no insurance, a representative demanded a $500 deposit before treating her.
Medicare cut payments to 2,583 hospitals Tuesday, continuing the Affordable Care Act’s eight-year campaign to financially pressure hospitals into reducing the number of patients who return for a second stay within a month.
For a hospital that had once labored to break even, Wheeling Hospital displayed abnormally deep pockets when recruiting doctors.
Unexpected medical bills top the list of health care costs Americans are afraid they will not be able to afford, with four in 10 people saying they had received a surprisingly large invoice within the past year, according to a new poll.
In 2012, Parkview Healthcare Center’s history of safety violations led California regulators to issue an ultimatum reserved for the most dangerous nursing homes.