Hospitals treating the poor are the hardest hit by Medicare’s readmissions penalties.
NBER study: Average effect of electronic medical records: slightly higher hospital costs.
In most maritime disasters, women and children don’t deboard first. The Titanic may have been a case of noblesse oblige.
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I guess we found the unfortunate answer to the question “Is chivalry dead?”.
I read about this: on British ships children were the least likely to survive a disaster; ship’s captains were the most likely to survive. The authors’ conclusion: in the event of a disaster, it was every man for himself!
204 “safety net” hospitals will receive no penalty for readmissions. If the threat of the stick comes with resources to avoid it this penalty might work.
I used to believe readmissions could be blamed on the hospital. However, many recent findings show that home support system, literacy levels, compliance, patient behavior, etc. are tied to readmissions. Low income patients likely have les literacy and home support so these hospitals could indeed be penalized for things beyond their control.
I’m still not sold on electronic medical records.
I’m curious as to what kind of waivers are available to some of these hospitals that are hardest hit-by-Medicare-penalities.
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