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Local hospitals hit with readmission penalties
North County Times

Under penalties mandated by the recent federal health care law, eight local hospitals are getting lower Medicare payments for having higher-than-expected readmission rates.

The Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a list of penalized hospital in late September that showed reductions in Medicare reimbursements for half of the 16 hospitals in San Diego County.

Nationwide, 2,217 hospitals, or 63.4 percent, received penalties for having too many readmissions.