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10. Readmission fines hit Florida hospitals

from Kaiser Health News via Space Coast Daily

From March 25: Medicare is fining a record number of hospitals – including more than 140 in Florida – for having too many patients return within a month for additional treatments, newly released federal records show. Even though the nation’s readmission rate is dropping, Medicare’s average fines will be higher, with 39 hospitals receiving the largest penalty allowed, including the nation’s oldest hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. In Florida, 148 of the 167 hospitals assessed will pay some fine, the Kaiser Health News analysis showed. The highest fine, to Jacksonville’s St. Vincent’s Medical Center Southside, ranks 49th out of the record-breaking 2,610 fines issued. more

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