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AHA rejects proposed readmission penalties

from HealthLeaders Media

Federal officials "ignored Congress's intent" when they wrote proposed rules governing how hospitals will be penalized up to 1 percent for higher readmission rates, said American Hospital Association executive vice president Rick Pollack. That's in part because the May 11 document by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services does not exclude all planned and unrelated readmissions from being counted against the 3,393 hospitals affected by the penalty rule, which will take effect Oct. 1, the AHA says. more

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