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Hospitals told to reduce patient readmissions or lose money
Dallas Morning News

Medicare will dock payments this year for hospitals 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 the Affordable Care Act, 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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