Medicare's Readmissions Cure Gives Hospitals New Headaches

Law360, New York (March 8, 2013, 9:25 PM EST) -- Medicare's program to reduce the number of patients who return to the hospital within a month of leaving is starting to yield results, according to federal regulators, thanks largely to steep penalties, but experts say the program forces hospitals to spend limited resources on what will ultimately be a losing battle. 

The director of Medicare recently told lawmakers that in the second half of 2012, the readmission rate for Medicare patients dropped for the first time in five years, from about 19 percent to 17.8 percent....
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