Capsules: 364 Hospitals Have High Rates Of Overall Readmissions, New Medicare Data Show; Maryland Plan Offers Retroactive Coverage Due To Sign-up Problems

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Jordan Rau reports on new data regarding hospital readmission rates: "Medicare's new comprehensive measure of hospital readmissions shows that at least 20 percent of the hospitals in Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island have higher rates of patients returning than the national average" (Rau, 1/6).

Also on the blog, Jay Hancock reports on steps by one Maryland health plan to sign people up for new coverage: "A consumer-owned cooperative started with federal loans, Evergreen runs four health centers in metro Baltimore and Greenbelt, near Washington, D.C. Since Oct. 1, the company has struggled with Maryland’s dysfunctional online insurance marketplace, Maryland Health Connection, which so far has enrolled 18,257 people in private health plans like the ones sold by Evergreen. The online exchange has gotten ‘mildly better,’ Beilenson said. But even after the New Year launch date of coverage under the health law Evergreen got 'significant numbers of calls — in the dozens of people — who have tried to go on the exchange for between a week and 10 weeks and have been frozen out,' he said. 'Now they're calling us out of desperation'" (Hancock, 1/5). Check out what else is on the blog.

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