February 27, 2012

From Crain's Chicago

More than two dozen Illinois hospitals face Medicare cuts totaling as much as $19 million next year under the new federal health care law because too many of their patients are being readmitted for heart attacks and other ailments. Starting in October, Medicare, the federal program for the elderly and disabled, will use readmission data from 2008 to 2011 on heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia to determine whether hospitals are readmitting more patients than they should. Those who do will see payment cuts.

Crain's Chicago reporter Andrew Wang interviewed Polsinelli Shughart's Joseph Van Leer about the proposed cuts. Van Leer is a member of the firm's health care practice which is the sixth largest in the nation.

"The compliance costs with this program and others are substantial, and it's going to be difficult for smaller hospitals and systems to change their processes to address care in a way that is going to matter," Van Leer told Crain's Chicago.

The article can be found in the February 27, 2012 edition of Crain's Chicago and is for paid subscribers only.

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About Joseph Van Leer:

Joseph T. Van Leer focuses his practice on counseling clients in the Certificate of Need process, including preparation and submission of certificate of need and certificate of exemption applications and representation of clients before the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board. Mr. Van Leer also assists health care providers in health care business and compliance issues, including fraud and abuse, physician employment, agreements and other corporate transactional work. Mr. Van Leer also has experience representing hospitals, health systems, long term acute care hospitals, and a variety of other health care sector providers.

Prior to joining Polsinelli Shughart, Mr. Van Leer worked as a health care consultant concentrating on Medicare reimbursement and enrollment as well as state licensure issues. Mr. Van Leer also volunteers on the Development Board and Advisory Staff for the YMCA Illinois Youth and Government Program where he trains high school students on conducting mock trial and appellate proceedings