Medicare penalizes 1,500 Hospitals
Written by Alyssa Clark
As Obamacare and the Affordable Care Act are still struggling to get their feet off the ground, hospitals are being scrutinized based-off of their quality and the services being provided. Unfortunately, more and more hospitals are being penalized underneath the new set of standards due to increased attention from Medicare and other government agencies.
The payment rates for Medicare has risen yet again, now totaling 1,231 hospitals based on 24 quality measurements which monitor the hospitals services and progress within the industry. These include surveys from patient satisfaction to death rates. There is an additional group of 1,451 hospitals that are being paid less for the Medicare patients they retain since October 1st of this year.
Some are expecting greater hits than others, but almost half of the hospitals are claiming that the changes are negligible, they are gaining or losing less than a fraction of a percent of what Medicare otherwise pays for.
Jordan Rau explains the hospital scrutiny, “Gallup Indian Medical Center in New Mexico, a federal government hospital on the border of the Navajo Reservation, will be paid 1.14 percent less for each patient. Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock, a physician-owned hospital that only handles cardiovascular cases, will get the largest bonus, 0.88 percent”.
Operating within the program entitled Hospital Value-Based Purchasing, Medicare is forced to reduce payment rates to all hospitals by 1.25 percent. The money will then be set aside, approximately $1.1 billion in total, to be put towards offering future incentives.
“Implementing bonuses and penalties create financial incentives for doctors and hospitals to provide better care”, says Dr. Patrick Conway, Medicare’s chief medical officer.
According the Kaiser Health news analysis, hospitals in Maine, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin are doing the best with over 60 percent of all hospitals getting higher payments. Medicare is reducing the amount of paybacks at two-thirds of hospitals in 17 states including but not limited to: California, Connecticut, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Washington and Wyoming.
About the Author
Alyssa Clark is the Editor of Healthcare Global
Schneider Electric's intelligent patient room: need to know
Schneider Electric has launched a virtual showcase that features its new "intelligent patient room". What is it exactly?
Who: Schneider Electric is a multinational that develops energy and automation solutions for many different industries - including hospitality, education, defence, and healthcare. Founded in 1836, today it is a Fortune 500 company, and it currently provides technology to 40% of hospitals around the world, among them Penn Medicine, one of the top hospitals in the US where Schneider's EcoStruxure for Healthcare is deployed, an IoT solution.
What: Schneider has launched its Innovation Experience Live Healthcare Lab, an immersive experience that takes visitors through a demonstration of a hospital, including the doctor’s office, the operating room, and the intelligent patient room.
The room features a digital patient footwall - a touchscreen that creates a single reference point for patients, families and healthcare providers, by incorporating care information, entertainment and environmental controls all in one place. A separate digital patient door display has important information for healthcare staff.
All Schneider's equipment is low-voltage, and integrated so that the patient room, clinical needs and IT are all seamlessly connected, what Schneider calls a digital “system of systems.”
Why: Mike Sanders, Customer Projects & Services in Healthcare Innovation at Schneider Electric, explains: “The hospital of the future will need to put the patient experience at the forefront, using innovative and connected systems to provide superior in-hospital care experiences.”
“With the shift to remote work and business brought forth by the pandemic, we knew that we needed to invest in a new virtual experience that showcases our vision for a truly integrated healthcare experience. We believe our intelligent patient room is the solution that our healthcare partners and customers have been looking for, and we’re excited to offer a way for them to experience it no matter where they are in the world.”
Where: The virtual experience was modelled after the new innovations installed at Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, the first real-world installation of Schneider Electric’s fully integrated intelligent patient room technology. It is currently being hosted at the company’s St. Louis Innovation Hub and Innovation Executive Briefing Center (IEBC) facility.