Twenty-four of Connecticut’s 31 hospitals will face Medicare penalties in the fiscal year starting in October, in the second round of the federal government’s push to reduce the number of patients readmitted within a month of discharge, new data shows.
None of the state’s hospitals will lose the maximum amount possible – 2 percent of every Medicare payment for a patient stay — which is double this year’s penalty. But three will lose more than 1 percent. The Hospital of St. Raphael, which is now merged with Yale-New Haven Hospital, will lose 1.77 percent; the Masonic Home and Hospital in Wallingford will lose 1.14 percent; and St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport will lose 1.06 percent.
Statewide, Connecticut’s hospitals face an average penalty of .43 percent of Medicare funds, which is higher than the national average. Hospitals in 12 states, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island, face higher average penalties.
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