Minnesota hospitals are testing ways to reduce return trips

  • Article by: MAURA LERNER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 11, 2012 - 10:40 PM

New Medicare penalties spur effort to reduce costly readmissions.

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martin64Oct. 11, 12 9:47 PM

Hospitals test ways to reduce return trips = How? Just let the insurance companies kill them off by delaying needed services?

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philotheatooOct. 12, 12 4:52 AM

Here's a hint: Treat patients according to the Hippocratic Oath rather than according to the insurance companies.

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oldmetvetOct. 12, 12 7:14 AM

The key is at the end of the article........ The hospitals LOSE money when re-addmissions go down. So give the patients leaving poor aftercare treatment instructions so they can come back and pad the profit margin. This is a first class example of how Obama care penalizes this terrible tactics, for seniors increasing our healthcare costs.

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Thumper5316Oct. 12, 12 7:47 AM

philotheatoo, you do realize that the insurance company you are referencing is a government issued insurance, don't you? Medicare is one of the most unflexible, uncaring, and difficult of all the insurers. I work with medical insurance every day and have for over 30 years. Most of the private insurances are much better at allowing additional days for medical conditions. So, for all those who want government in charge of healthcare, read this story and this is what you're going to get and, in my opinion, it'll only get worse.

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AJohns1Oct. 12, 12 8:18 AM

Perhaps patients should be kept in the hospital a little longer until they are better. Too many are rushed out the door as fast as possible to maximize profit.

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biggusdoggusOct. 12, 12 8:22 AM

Why are you folks talking about insurance companies? This has nothing to do with insurance companies. This is caused solely by Obamacare.

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Thumper5316Oct. 12, 12 8:28 AM

I don't know where my initial comment went so I'm going to try again. Do all of the commenters so far realize that you are railing against Medicare, a government insurance? Medicare is very rigid when it comes to inpatient covered days. They go by what is called DRG. So, if grandma is in the hospital for a heart attack, Medicare allows only so many days for that diagnosis. Private insurers are much better at allowing additional days than Medicare. Take a look, all you Obamacare supporters, and realize this is what you are buying into.

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notsidOct. 12, 12 9:58 AM

Caveat here: Given the push by Medicare to reduce expensive re-admissions as part of the new health care reforms, i.e. "Obamacare", hospitals have taken to holding patients for observations sometimes for several days without actually admitting them as inpatients. That means that patients are increasingly finding that some of the services they received are not covered by their health plans. For example, in order to have post-hospital transitional care covered by a plan, given that most plans use Medicare guidelines for such things, patients have had to enjoyed a three-day stay as an inpatient within the 30-days prior to the admission to a transitional care/rehab facility. More and more folks are finding that even though they were in held in the hospital for several days, they were never admitted as inpatients while there and, as such, are not eligible for coverage for their stay in transitional care/rehab facilities.

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seaclearOct. 12, 1210:05 AM

Hospitals get paid a set amount per medicare patient based on the diagnosis, so there is a financial incentive to discharge them as soon as possible.That said, this can cause medical instability that results in a readmission within thirty days, and a financial penalty to the hospital. System is so broken.....

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philotheatooOct. 12, 1212:26 PM

Thumper5376, I am NOT referring to government insurance by any means. I have had Healthpartners, Aetna, BCBS, AND United ~ every single one of them DICTATE, without flexibility, how the doctor can treat the patient (& still get coverage), including HOW LONG the patient can be treated and still get coverage. If I were living on the streets and eating at a soup kitchen I would not accept a job at an insurance company. Who would even TRUST someone that works for an insurance company?

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