Hospitals in D.C., VA to lose millions from Medicare

Hospitals in the District and Northern Virginia will lose millions of dollars in Medicare funding over the next year because too many of their patients were re­admitted to a hospital within weeks of being released, according to Medicare data and interviews with hospital officials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All too often, experts say, the problems that send patients back to the hospital might have been avoided if there had been a better handoff from the hospital to the people responsible for the next phase in a patient’s recovery, whether it’s the patient and his or her family, a home health agency, a nursing home or a hospice.

Many patients aren’t in the best position to understand what hospital staff tell them at discharge.

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