Which San Angelo hospitals have been naughty or nice, according the the Center for Medicare/Medicaid Services (CMS)?
Medicare published a list of hospitals receiving bonuses or penalties from two extrinsic motivation programs, Value Based Purchasing and Hospital Readmissions.
Shannon Medical Center gets a .22% bonus, while San Angelo Community Medical Center receives an extra .15% under the Value Based Purchasing initiative.
The Readmissions program only issues penalties. Shannon avoided this lump of coal, but SACMC was awarded a .38% Medicare penalty.
Overall, CMS Santa left Shannon a .22% increases in Medicare payments, while Community received a -.23% lump of coal.
Medicare: Grinch or Santa?
Ginch--Your soul is an appalling dump heap overflowing with the most disgraceful assortment of deplorable rubbish imaginable, Mangled up in tangled up knots.
Santa--But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"
It's the sharpened blade of reward/punishment. Medicare wants the public to believe it's rewarding good providers. If that's the case, why would all these "bonuses" add up to an average .15% payment reduction across all Texas hospitals. The aim is Grinch-like, to save money.
Unfortunately, it gets worse. Next up is 30% of hospitals cheating to get the reward. That's the rate CEO's backdated stock options to maximize their income. Surely, doctors and nurses are as smart as corporate executives.