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Hospital Readmissions

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Hospitals across the county now have to pay penalties to medicare if too many of their patients end up being re-admitted within 30 days.  

President Obama's healthcare overhaul is addressing the issue of unnecessary readmissions. Those readmissions cost the healthcare system about $26 billion each year.

Now, medical centers are assigning patient care coordinators to work with patients, making sure they take the right medicines and follow the doctors post-discharge instructions closely.

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