Re-admission Penalties

Under our current system of medical care, doctors and hospitals make more money if patients don’t get well.  Medicare, for example, spends $17 billion on patients who are discharged from the hospital but must come back.  This fall, the federal government will start charging hospitals a penalty  for those re-admissions, and five medical centers in Virginia will pay the maximum as Sandy Hausman reports.



This story was produced in partnership with Virginia Public Radio, NPR and Kaiser Health News.

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