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U.S. to penalize hospitals that too often readmit patients
The Mercury News

Nearly 30 hospitals around the Bay Area are among some 2,000 nationwide that the federal government will penalize for readmitting patients soon after discharge. The government considers readmissions a prime symptom of a too-expensive and uncoordinated health system, and many experts see them as an indicator of poor patient care. Nearly 2 million Medicare beneficiaries are readmitted within 30 days of release each year, costing Medicare $17.5 billion in additional hospital bills.