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.