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Rehospitalization rates fell in 1st year of Medicare penalties

from Kaiser Health News

During the first eight months of 2013, fewer than 18 percent of Medicare patients ended up back in the hospital within a month of discharge, the lowest rate in years, the government reported. This drop occurred during the first year that Medicare financially penalized hospitals for their readmission rates and the government seized on the decrease as evidence the incentives are having an effect. more

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