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Many hospitals being penalized for 30-day readmissions

from Medical Xpress

About half of the nation's hospitals are being penalized by Medicare for having patients return within a month of discharge, losing a combined $420 million, according to a report published by Kaiser Health. Starting in October, 2,592 hospitals will receive lower payments for every Medicare patient who stays in the hospital, regardless of readmission. Although national readmission rates have decreased since the fines began, about one in five Medicare patients return to the hospital within a month. more

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