North Carolina Medical Malpractice Lawyers Talk Health Care Bill Hospital Responsibility
One focus the health care bill has is lowering readmission rates – the rate at which discharged patients return for more care within 30 days. Health care advocates say high readmission rates are a red flag that patients aren’t receiving proper care the first time around.
Hospitals could also be fined by the government for preventable medical errors and medical harm. Hospitals who report low rates of medical harm, such as preventable infections, will get more financial support. Beginning in 2012, those with high rates of medical errors will receive less Medicare support, and Medicare will cease paying for preventable hospital readmissions.
While hospitals are not happy with these new regulations, health care patients and consumers can hopefully look forward to better care, fewer medical mistakes, and more thorough examinations. Hopefully, when federal money is on the line, hospital will take care to take better care.