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Medicare to Start Penalizing Hospitals for Readmissions

A new federal regulation will penalize hospitals that readmit Medicare patients within 30 days of their discharge.

This change in Medicare regulations, proposed in May, will take effect in October of 2012 and is part of a broader effort by the federal government to make hospitals assume a broader role in coordinating the care of their Medicare patients.

A Washington Post articleStock Photo describes this and other new soon-to-be implemented Medicare policies in greater detail.

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