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California hospitals get hit with Medicare readmission penalties
Sacramento Bee

Nearly two-thirds of California’s hospitals will receive less money than usual from Medicare this fall as a penalty for failing to reduce patient readmissions, according to the federal agency that oversees Medicare and Medicaid.

The penalties of up to a 3 percent reduction in billing reimbursements for Medicare patients were issued to hospitals because too many patients there who suffered heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, chronic lung problems or elective hip or knee replacements returned within 30 days after initial discharge.