MARQUETTE - Dozens of Michigan hospitals are expected to pay federal penalties because too many heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia patients needed to be readmitted within 30 days.
Including in those is one Upper Peninsula hospital - Portage Health in Hancock - which is being fined 0.25 percent of its base Medicare reimbursement.
Several downstate hospitals, many in the Detroit area, will be fined the maximum penalty of 1 percent of their base Medicare reimbursement, including Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit, St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, Beaumont Hospital in Troy, Port Huron Hospital, Garden City Hospital, and St. Mary Mercy Hospital in Livonia.
A total of 54 Michigan hospitals are among those nationwide in the same position when a provision of the Affordable Care Act that allows for the fines to be instituted kicks in Oct. 1.
The seven heavily fined hospitals and many others in Michigan already have programs in place to reduce readmissions, improve care and avoid future penalties.
In Michigan, the penalties are as high as $2.2 million at one hospital. For a full list of hospitals facing fines in Michigan and across the country, www.kaiserhealthnews.org/~/media/Files/2012/Medicare%20Readmissions%20Penalties%202013.pdf
Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.