Medicare cracks down on readmissions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has begun levying financial penalties against hospitals that are prompted to readmit patients due to omissions in their original care, The New York Times reported. The program, which intends to boost the quality of care at hospitals, is expected to recoup about $300 million during this year. More than 300 hospitals will receive the maximum penalty--a 1 percent overall payment reduction--in 2013, according to the Times. Article