Researchers and advocacy groups have raised concerns that hospitals might not readmit patients out of fear of financial penalties associated with HRRP, thus increasing post-discharge mortality. Those fears appear to be unfounded.
The bill is scheduled for a floor vote next week, but it’s not clear if this latest version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 has enough support to pass the Senate. It will require near-unanimous support from Republicans because no Democrats support it.
Alexis C. Norman is already serving an eight-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2015 to one count of Medicaid fraud in connection with a false billing scheme she ran using two companies she owned.
The median opioid prescription was equivalent to 50 pills of five-milligram oxycodone, which is almost twice the amount proposed Minnesota state guidelines recommend for a maximum, researchers have found.
The average additional cost in the six months following a fall for transfemoral amputee patients requiring an emergency department visit was $18,000. For patients who had to be hospitalized, this extra expense was more than $25,000.