2 local hospitals penalized by Medicare for readmissions

According to data from Kaiser Health News, Madison’s UW Hospital and Meriter Hospital are being penalized by Medicare this year for readmitting too many discharged patients. St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison avoided any penalties.

The federal program began in 2012 as part of the Affordable Care Act and cuts Medicare payments by up to 3% for hospitals that have more readmissions than expected.

For fiscal year 2023, which started in October, UW Hospital will receive 0.16% less from Medicare and Meriter will receive 0.07% less because of what are considered unnecessary readmissions.

In Wisconsin, 48 of 66 hospitals covered by the program were penalized this year, while nationwide, three-fourths of hospitals in the program were penalized.