Capsules: Senators Offer Bill To Ease Readmission Penalties On Some Hospitals; Consumer Group Urges Hospitals To Stop Promoting Questionable Screenings

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Jordan Rau reports on new congressional legislation: "A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation on Thursday to make Medicare take the financial status of hospital patients into account when deciding whether to punish a hospital for too many readmissions. The bill attempts to address one of the main complaints about the readmissions program: that hospitals serving large numbers of low-income patients are more likely be penalized" (Rau, 6/19). 

Also on Capsules, Julie Appleby reports about new criticism of a screening program offered by some hospitals: "Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen on Thursday called on 20 hospital systems to stop partnering with companies that offer low-cost screenings for heart disease and stroke risk, saying the promotions are "unethical" and the exams are more likely to do harm than good" (Appleby, 6/19). Check out what else is on the blog



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