A doctor talks with patients at a hospital Wednesday, July 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Medicare IDs Few Hospitals As Outliers In Readmissions

Despite several years of concerted efforts, hospital readmission rates aren’t dropping, the latest Medicare data show. Readmissions cost Medicare $17.5 billion in inpatient spending, with nearly 10 million Mediciare beneficiaries readmitted within 30 days for any cause, a rate of nearly one in five Medicare patients who enter a hospital. Nonetheless, Medicare continues to publicly single out very few hospitals as poor […]