Monday, August 09, 2010

Hospital bouncebacks

Kevin MD comments here.

Hospital bouncebacks are in large part fueled by the Prospective Payment System, an ill conceived negative cost incentive put into effect in 1984. Now it looks like the health care czars are about to deal with this unintended consequence by tacking on even more negative cost incentives. Isn't that a bit like adding drugs to combat the side effects of other drugs?

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