Four out of five Florida hospitals will be penalized next year by Medicare for having above-average re-admission rates — including nine out of 13 Palm Beach County hospitals — newly released data show.
Locally, JFK Medical Center in Atlantis faces the highest penalty. Lakeside Medical Center in Belle Glade, a public hospital, is a distant second.
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As part of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, hospitals were put on notice that Medicare intended to target excessive re-admissions and move toward paying for quality. Following is how Palm Beach County hospitals fared for 2014:
Jupiter Medical Center
Good Samaritan Medical Center
Bethesda Memorial Hospital
Boca Raton Regional Hospital
Penalties by Hospital, Amount
JFK Medical Center, .63 percent of Medicare payments
Lakeside Medical Center, .23 percent of Medicare payments
West Boca Medical Center, .16 percent of Medicare payments
Palms West Hospital, .13 percent of Medicare payments
Wellington Regional Medical Center, .13 percent of Medicare payments
Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center, .11 percent of Medicare payments
West Palm Hospital (Columbia), .07 percent of Medicare payments
St. Mary’s Medical Center, .07 percent of Medicare payments
Delray Medical Center, .01 percent of Medicare payments
Source: CMS, Kaiser Health News.