Mount Sinai CEO says CMS must change readmissions program structure

Kenneth L. Davis, M.D., CEO of the Mount Sinai Health System in New York Cityargues in a blog post for The Hill that Medicare's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program unfairly penalizes hospitals that treat the poorest patients. These patients often don't have a proper home environment in which to recover, such as a patient who may become ill after returning to an apartment building infested with mold that may aggravate his condition. Davis suggests that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services include socioeconomic factors in its calculations in addition to adjusting readmissions data for age, sex, discharge diagnosis and recent diagnoses. Read the full article at FierceHealthFinance