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KHN examines new penalties hospitals face under the health law. Meanwhile, Medpage Today reports on the American College of Physicians' new recommendations on government rules about doctors' interactions with patients.
Kaiser Health News: Medicare To Penalize 2,211 Hospitals For Excess Readmissions
More than 2,000 hospitals -- including some nationally recognized ones -- will be penalized by the government starting in October because many of their patients are readmitted soon after discharge, new records show (Rau, 8/13). Also, look at charts detailing the penalties by region or by state.
Kaiser Health News: Hospitals Treating The Poor Hardest Hit By Readmissions Penalties
Medicare's new crackdown on readmissions will hit hospitals that treat large numbers of low-income patients especially hard, a Kaiser Health News analysis shows. The debate over whether readmissions penalties would fall most heavily on safety-net hospitals has been a flash point since penalties were included in the 2010 health law (Rau, 8/13).