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Reform is curbing readmissions, CMS says
Modern Healthcare

The Obama administration says provisions of the healthcare reform law have led to fewer Medicare patients returning to hospitals within 30 days of discharge.

Readmission rates fell to 17.8% of Medicare hospitalizations in November 2012 after averaging 19% in the past five years, according to the CMS. The improvement meant 70,000 fewer readmissions last year, the agency said.