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Medicare Penalizing Most Hospitals For Patient Readmission Rates

from WABE-FM

Four out of five Georgia hospitals are set to receive Medicare penalties for having too many patients returning within a month of their discharge. The readmission penalties, levied under the Affordable Care Act, are meant to encourage hospitals to pay closer attention to what happens to patients after discharge. Kaiser Health News reported that Medicare is punishing 2,573 hospitals nationally, just two dozen short of what it did last year, according to federal records. more


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