Update August 2, 2013 - CMS published a list of 2,225 hospitals in 49 states that will lose up to 2% of their Medicare reimbursement that had too many patient readmission within 30 days of discharge because of three medical conditions: heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia. Under the PPACA, the maximum penalty will increase to 3% by 2015 and expand to include re-admissions for other medical conditions. ICD-10, a standard the describes the condition of the patient, will modify these quality measures when it goes into effect. We have published an interactive, searchable version of the penalties, by city, state, county and hospital for the healthcare industry and consumers to use to easily find the data relevant to their geography or organization.
Slate Magazine analyzed the Obama administration's forecasted $2 trillion in health care savings, then questioned which initiatives would provide true savings. The highest ranked initiatives were encouraging coordinated care… and …adherence to evidence-based best practices and therapies… Coordinated care suggests clinical integration and savings derived from better information—about what works and what doesn't work—creates efficiencies. [...]