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Medicare may penalize hospitals that readmit too many patients
Washington Post

It’s a return trip nobody wants to take: You are discharged from the hospital, only to find yourself readmitted a few days later.

More and more people are finding themselves in this revolving door — at a cost to both hospitals and patients. A 2009 study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that one in five Medicare patients discharged from the hospital had to be readmitted within 30 days; 34 percent were back within 90 days. Those return trips cost the health-care system more than $17 billion over one year.