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October 4 2012 - A Message To Our Patients

For Immediate Release

October 4, 2012

For more information:

John Moore
Public Information Officer
Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics
(903) 531-4542
john.moore@tmfhs.org

In light of the media reports of late that focus on a large number of American hospitals being penalized for high Medicare readmission rates, it is important for our patients to know that we were not part of that group.

On the contrary, Mother Frances Hospital-Tyler was the only comprehensive acute care hospital in the East Texas region to be recognized for low readmission rates. The penalties are based on the rate of readmission of our Medicare patients for heart failure, pneumonia and heart attack conditions. The penalties apply to all of our Medicare payments in 2013. To ensure patients do not return to the hospital too soon, it requires all clinical disciplines to work together and ensure the patient is well enough for discharge and clearly understands the plan of care at discharge including follow up appointments with the provider. Much work has been done by the different disciplines to enhance our care plans, and to streamline the follow-up appointments. The results demonstrate the value of being part of a truly integrated network with hospital and clinics to support the needs of all of our patients.

We appreciate everyone who chooses Trinity Mother Frances for their healthcare and we hope to continue to serve you by achieving the highest clinical goals that we set for ourselves, not just ones set for us by others.

Thank you.

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