Readmission penalties continue to make headlines

Health reforms continue to cause waves in both the UK and the US, with Obama’s reforms likely to be highly scrutinised as he seeks re-election in the Autumn. We were interested to see analysis in last week’s Huffington post by US health care company Premier Inc, which calculated that a typical (US) hospital wastes up to $3.8 million a year on readmissions. It’s not too dissimilar to some work undertaken last year by ZPB and US health care company Sg2 which found that reducing readmissions could save more than £600m in PBR penalties.