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Medicare intends to penalize hospitals for giving followup care to seniors

Medicare has announced plans to penalize 2,633 hospitals for giving followup care to seniors, even if the care was appropriate. Northwestern Memorial in Chicago is the largest hospital in Illinois. It did 1,651 elective hip and knee replacements for Medicare in 2009-2012, and will pay 46% of the revenue from those operations as a penalty. Froedtert Memorial Lutheran in Milwaukee did 245 replacements and will pay a 96% penalty. Nationwide, 223 hospitals face penalties which are over a fifth of their revenue from hip and knee replacements. Medicare released the new rules with data to estimate these penalties May 15…Read More


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