Medicare Cuts $227M From Hospitals For High Readmissions

Law360, New York (August 5, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT) -- Medicare will trim payments to 2,225 hospitals where patients have been readmitted too quickly and frequently, virtually the same number as last year, but overall penalties will fall to $227 million from $280 million, the government said Friday, suggesting modest progress in an Affordable Care Act goal of curbing return visits.

Of the hospitals that will see their pay docked, the vast majority will receive payment reductions of up to 1 percent because too many patients returned within one month of treatment for heart attack, heart...
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