Preventable Hospital Returns Cost Medicare Billions: HHS

Law360, Washington (March 3, 2014, 7:41 PM EST) -- Medicare paid out an estimated $2.8 billion in 2011 alone for the rehospitalization of beneficiaries harmed from adverse events during post-acute care at skilled nursing facilities, nearly 60 percent of which were preventable, according to a watchdog report released Monday.

According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, an estimated 33 percent of Medicare beneficiaries who stay in skilled nursing facilities, or SNFs — nursing homes and other similar residential facilities — after hospitalization experience some form of adverse event...
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