Sound Medicine is a radio show produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio. In the last few years, I’ve become their go-to guy on health policy. So, for those of you who would find your day brightened by the sound of my voice, enjoy the following:
Two new policy changes enacted by the Affordable Care Act took effect in October. The first penalizes hospitals if Medicare patients are re-admitted within one month of a visit if the re-admission is for a condition that should have been treated during the first admission. The second reallocates Medicare payments to hospitals that are providing higher quality care, rather than basing reimbursements on quantity. “Sound Medicine” health care policy analyst Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., discusses the impact these changes will have on hospitals.