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Fines for hospitals that re-admit heart attack, heart failure, or pneumonia patients.

Hospitals are scrambling to meet a new federal mandate that requires them to keep discharged patients out of the hospital or face escalating financial penalties.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services last month began cutting reimbursement for hospitals that re-admit patients within 30 days of the patients leaving the hospital after treatment for a heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia.

The new penalties are part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

I am not qualified to make medical statements but see these illnesses as the very type of problems that would require follow up, re-evaluation, and possiable re-admission to resolve post operative problems.

If the hospital is being fined when procedures are necessary then would they become less likely to re-admit and deny best practices.

That hospitals take advantage of iinsurance is recognized but is accepted as a means to pay for all the uninsured and illegals that flood the emergency rooms that they care for free .. again by federal law ... and also caused by federals not enforcing federal immigration law.

This is part of the wellness clause of Obamacare care. I am not sure I want the federal government influencing medical decisions. Isn't that why doctors go to medical schools.

Should the federal government fine hospitals for medical decisions?

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