Re the Oct. 11 article, Medicare fines more South Florida hospitals for readmitting patients: I wonder if Dr. Carlos Lavernia can explain how Jackson Memorial Hospital had a very low penalty for re-admitting patients.
Based on his reasoning, one would expect that Jackson would also have a high penalty for this, but, in fact, they registered among the lowest in the list provided.
This is an overall measure of the quality of care provided to patients when in the hospital, and how the patient is provided follow-up care post discharge.
It is a good thing in my opinion, and Jackson seems to have a better handle on it; perhaps they could find out how JMH did it.
Pat Erickson, Fort Lauderdale