Penalties

IL whistleblower suit draws $28M fines

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Two former nurses' complaints about alleged substandard care and inappropriate billing resulted in $28.1 million in penalties being levied against the former owner of an Illinois nursing home. A federal jury assessed the penalties.

Reimbursement penalties did not reduce hospital-acquired infection rates; harsher sanctions might be needed, Harvard researchers say

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Financial penalties did not reduce healthcare facility-acquired infections in acute-care settings, a new study finds. Researchers say harsher sanctions might help.

CMS: Initial penalties for hospital readmissions were set too low

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said that it made an error when calculating the penalty rates, and that hospitals will pay slightly higher penalties than previously thought.

Evidence it's 'game-on' with rehospitalizations

Evidence it's 'game-on' with rehospitalizations

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Read no further if you are always successful at preventing rehospitalizations.

Slight dip in hospital readmission rates, MedPAC study finds

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Hospital readmissions for Medicare beneficiaries dipped slightly between 2009 and 2011, which is good news for hospitals facing readmission penalties starting Oct. 1.

Readmission penalties could harm hospitals and SNFs

Readmission penalties could harm hospitals and SNFs

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Economic incentives - both good and bad - are a proven way to modify behavior. But what happens when an economic penalty is based on a dubious premise? Many hospitals may soon be forced to answer that question. And many skilled care operators may have to live with some very unwelcome fallout.

Over 2,000 hospitals will be targeted for readmission penalties starting Oct. 1

Over 2,000 hospitals will be targeted for readmission penalties starting Oct. 1

In about six weeks, more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals will be subject to financial penalties for preventable readmissions, making their relationships with post-acute providers more important than ever.

New law gives break to Wisconsin nursing homes

A new law in Wisconsin gives nursing homes more time to pay penalties for citations and prevents facilities from getting multiple citations for the same violation.