November 1, 2021

CMS penalizes nearly half of all hospitals for high readmission rates

By: Judy Mathias

Editor's Note

In FY 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will penalize 2,499 (47%) hospitals for excessive patient readmissions, the October 28 Kaiser Health News reports.

In its 10th year of the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, CMS will cut payments to the penalized hospitals by as much as 3% for each Medicare patient stay. The average penalty is a 0.64% payment cut.

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The penalties will save CMS an estimated $521 million over the next fiscal year.


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