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Targeting All-Cause Readmissions an Ambitious Strategy
Health Leaders Media

Hospital leaders have long known that they would be at risk for penalties from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services based on how well they prevent 30-day readmissions for three targeted diagnoses. But that amount of lead time may not have been enough: More than 2,000 hospitals faced penalties in the 2012 fiscal year based on discharges between July 1, 2008, and June 30, 2011. Still, no matter how badly they missed, hospital penalties for 2012 were capped at 1% of Medicare reimbursements.

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