Study: Hospitals Serving Poor Hit Hardest by ACA Medicare Reductions

Most hospitals will face Medicare reimbursement reductions for re-admitting some patients within 30 days of discharge under a new ObamaCare rule coming into effect


Beginning in October, the federal Medicare program will withhold some money from nearly every hospital in New Jersey because too many elderly patients have to return within a month of being discharged, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Health News.

A total of 62 hospitals and hospital networks in the state will forfeit an average 0.67 percent on every reimbursement — the highest loss among any other state in the nation, according to Kaiser's analysis based on information from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.