In an effort to pay for better performance, the federal government is penalizing 169 Texas hospitals that had the highest rates of Medicare patients readmitted within 30 days of being treated for heart failure, heart attacks or pneumonia. Those hospitals will see their Medicare payment rates for all procedures reduced by up to 2 percent.
Using data compiled by Kaiser Health News, this interactive compares the penalty rates at hospitals across the state. Look up which hospitals will take a Medicare rate hit in 2014 or review the hospitals in a county near you.
Hospitals were first penalized for poor readmission rates this year as part of the federal Affordable Care Act — up to 1 percent of Medicare rates. Next year, the maximum penalty increases to 2 percent. On average, Texas hospitals will have their Medicare payments reduced by 0.32 percent in 2014; 115 hospitals will have lower penalties in 2014 than in 2013, while 83 hospitals will have higher penalties.
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This story was produced in partnership with Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communication organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.