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Medicare will fine hospitals that have too many patients re-admitted within 30 days after discharge because of complications.
Medicare reps say about 12 percent of beneficiaries in the hospital are later re-admitted for problems that likely could have been prevented -- driving up health care costs.
Now -- as part of the Affordable Care Act -- hospitals with higher numbers of re-admissions will face a financial penalty.
Medical facilities across the country have been preparing for this and are working to improve communication with rehabilitation centers and physicians offering follow-up care.
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