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"The question is..will you actually find some practitioners being picky, and saying that they will only enrol you if they know you're not going to be a high-risk patient?"


GEORGE MACGINNIS, HEALTHCARE 
CONSULTING, PA CONSULTING GROUP

Why the US government plans to fine poor hospitals

Danny Bradbury

Guardian.co.uk - healthcarenetwork

5 April 2011

 

PA’s George MacGinnis, healthcare expert, is been quoted in an online article in the Guardian’s healthcarenetwork’. George comments on plans in the US to penalise hospitals for excessive readmissions tied to preventable medical conditions such as pneumonia and heart failure.

George warns that there are potential risks to this model: "The question is, is the patient base enough of a population to really do that properly, or will you actually find some practitioners being picky, and saying that they will only enrol you if they know you're not going to be a high-risk patient?"

George goes on to comment that the bigger the patient base, the less likely that is to happen: 5,000 patients has been suggested as a minimum.  

You can read the article in full here.


To read about PA’s expertise on the future of healthcare, please click here and here. 

To read about PA's expertise on government healthcare, please click here.

To read a previous article by George and Chris Steel, please click here.

   
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