Hospital fares well in readmission evaluation

Community Hospital in Grand Junction received no Medicare readmission penalties for the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years, according to the latest report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The hospital was the only one in Mesa County listed in the report that was free of penalties.

Under federal health care reforms, hospitals are penalized with reduced Medicare payments for higher-than-expected readmission rates for such conditions as chronic lung problems, elective hip and knee replacements, heart attacks and heart failures and pneumonia.

“This report measures our readmission performance compared to hospitals in and around our region as well as the national average,” said Chris Thomas, president and chief executive officer of Community Hospital. “The results of this report reaffirm Community Hospital’s unwavering commitment to patient safety and satisfaction.”

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