The WSJ Health Blog reports on April 2, 2009 that MEDPAC is recommending restructuring hospital payments in a “bundle” to incentive hospitals to minimize readmissions of Medicare patients. We’ll see how this plays out, but I can certain envision greater integration of bundled prospective payments for, at least, certain types of admissions.
Some 20% of Medicare patients discharged from the hospital are readmitted within a month, and 34% return within three months, according to a study published in the current New England Journal of Medicine. Unplanned rehospitalizations cost Medicare $17.4 billion in 2004, the study says…MedPac, a commission that advises Congress on Medicare policy, has recommended that Medicare start a pilot program in which “bundled” payments extend beyond the first hospital stay to include, say, the first 30 days after discharge. The idea, which is also part of President Obama’s budget proposal, is that if hospitals get paid fixed rates for caring for certain conditions — and they don’t get paid more for those same conditions if patients return — hospitals will have a financial incentive to reduce the risk of readmission.
via Hospital Doors Revolve for Many Medicare Patients – Health Blog – WSJ.
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As reported in the March 13, 2009 BNA Health Law Reporter, The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (OMIG) on March 12 announced the release of the Provider Self-Disclosure Guidance. According to the the OMIG, this will “enabling health care providers to identify, reveal, and return to the OMIG overpayments they have received from the Medicaid program.” BNA reports that the guidance is significantly more expansive in scope than the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General’s Self-Disclosure Protocol. OMIG reports that it hopes to save up to $820 million in Medicaid costs in the 2009-2010 fiscal year. The OMIG also “highly discourages” providers from attempting to avoid the self-disclosure process when circumstances warrant its use and it will not accept full and final payments for self-disclosed violations before the investigatory process is finalized. See http://www.omig.state.ny.us/data/images/stories/self_disclosure/omig_provider_self_disclosure_guidance.pdf for the new guidelines and http://www.omig.state.ny.us/data/images/stories/self_disclosure/voluntary_disclosure_form.pdf for the disclosure form.
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