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Area hospitals draw Medicare penalties - Henderson Daily News: News

Area hospitals draw Medicare penalties

Posted: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 12:30 pm

ETMC Henderson is one of 18 East Texas hospitals penalized by Medicare as part of a broad cost-savings effort aimed at saving the federal government more than $17.5 billion a year.

Government officials say Medicare patients are being readmitted to the hospital too soon after discharge, costing the program the additional $17.5 billion annually. The amount represents more than 20 percent of all Medicare spending.

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