How Hospitals Pass Their Obamacare Penalties on to Patients

December 10, 2013 12:34 AM

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How Hospitals Pass Their Obamacare Penalties on to Patients

An obscure classification allows hospitals to keep readmission rates down while patients unknowingly rack up higher costs.

Let’s say you were to fall off the ladder while putting up your trademark, Clark Griswold-style Christmas lights. You’re rushed to the emergency room, evaluated, and stabilized. Then the hospital has several options: They can send you home or admit you as an inpatient for further treatment. But incr...

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