Friday, December 28, 2018

Ah, the wonders of Obamacare, comrades!

With those people dying, the State won't have to waste any more money on them!
The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and conducted by by researchers associated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical and Harvard Medical School, looked at hospitalizations between 2005 and 2015. It found that "30-day post-discharge mortality"—the number of people who died within a month of leaving the hospital—increased for heart failure patients after the readmissions penalty program was implemented.

Although heart failure mortality was already on the rise, the rate of increase became more rapid after Medicare started penalizing readmissions. In addition, mortality rates amongst pneumonia patients, which had been stable, increased.

Fewer people were being readmitted to hospitals, but more people were dying.

1 comment:

Dan said...

The increase in deaths is a planned benefit from the rule....NOT a side effect. Hospitals suffer very real financial penalties for having to readmit patients...and they suffer real financial penalties for keeping them till they are well enough to go home safely. The reimbursement system has been rigged to SAVE MONEY at the expense of increased mortality. This is because hose rigging the Medicare rules aren't stuck with Medicare. They have insurance paid for by "we the people" that pays for EVERY EXPENSE for AS LONG AS NECESSARY.