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Hospitals told to reduce patient readmissions or lose money
Orange County Register

Medicare will dock payments this year for 15 hospitals in Orange County, and more than 200 throughout California, in hopes of spurring them to reduce the number of patients who are re-hospitalized too quickly.

Government and commercial insurers view lower readmissions as a sign of higher-quality care and greater cost consciousness by hospitals.

The pay cuts, coming under Obamacare, are among the many factors motivating hospitals to spend more time educating patients about their illnesses and partnering with outside caregivers to ensure that treatment doesn’t stop after discharge.

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