In 2013, the federal government began fining hospitals for high hospital readmission rates in an attempt to curtail premature discharges and to encourage hospitals to engage in better discharge planning.  Staring in October 2018, the federal government will be giving nursing homes bonuses or penalties based upon their Medicare rehospitalization rates.

Many health experts believe that financial incentives will encourage nursing home to avoid sending patients t the hospital.  However, some health advocates fear the campaign against hospitalizing nursing home patients will encourage poor nursing homes not to send anyone to the hospital if Medicare reimbursement is linked to readmission rates.  You can read more about the new policy at the below link.

Medicare Takes Aim At Boomerang Hospitalizations Of Nursing Home Patients

About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

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