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The Veterans Health Administration has long used approaches Medicare is pushing on all hospitals to cut unnecessary readmissions. But new data show VA hospital patients are just as likely to end up back in a hospital bed.
The federal health care program also wants to pay less to hospitals with higher-than-average costs for patient care.
Within a few weeks of a shutdown of Medicare and Medicaid money, health care providers could be in financial trouble. No one knows how to plan for it.
Only 20 percent of people believe consumer protections will get better under the law.
Although the benefit is intended for patients who have no more than six months to live, 19 percent now receive hospice services for longer.
Many hospitals are performing unusually large numbers of a type of CT scan experts say should be done sparingly.
A prestigious Institute of Medicine panel says Medicare’s methods of evaluating regional costs are disturbingly imprecise and need to be overhauled.
Extra funding will be awarded to facilities that do better than average on quality of care and patient satisfaction.
Beginning in 2012, bad grades from unhappy patients could cause hospitals to lose out on bonuses.
Rosemary Gibson, who has led national efforts to improve health care quality and safety, is concerned about 32 million newly insured Americans being exposed to too much treatment.