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Out of this new report -- -- thousands of hospitals may get hit by new penalties under president Obama's health care law there are new rules that won't cut Medicare reimbursements.
If a hospital readmit too many patients.
Too soon after they're discharged.
-- -- is a -- -- story out of Atlanta what did you find out Jonathan.
Good morning bill -- you might be surprised to see the number of highly ranked hospitals places such as Massachusetts general.
On a list of more than 2200.
Potential Medicare penalties for the number of patients who come back within a month.
Well known new York presbyterian and University of Chicago medical center could lose some Medicare funding in October.
A policy that will affect roughly two out of three hospitals evaluated by Medicare according to an analysis by Kaiser health news read missions -- been a low hanging fruit.
For Medicare they've been very unhappy that.
-- about two million Medicare beneficiaries are readmitted every year.
Between thirty days.
Discharge the penalties are part of the affordable care Iraq's effort to reward hospitals for the quality of care they deliver instead of the quantity of services.
But -- debate whether readmission rates are the best measure of quality among patients with heart there.
Hospitals that have higher readmission rates actually have lower mortality rates.
So which would we rather have a hospital readmission -- -- death.
Critics fear the penalties will -- research hospitals that take on difficult cases and safety net hospitals that care for poor patients who lack adequate primary and follow up care.
The researchers who helped develop the quality measures say they take these factors into account so -- safety net hospitals are caring for patients.
That are generally sicker that's gonna be accounted for by the mentions.
Now experts disagree on exactly how much control hospitals have over re -- pointing out that many out patients failed to take prescribed medications -- follow through on recommended diets but now these hospitals are faced with.
Penalties the theory is that these hospitals will take ownership of the problem.
And don't follow through with patients even after their release at least that's the theory they'll and we Chelsea -- in series and Atlanta on that Jonathan thank you.
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