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One out of every six dollars Medicare spent in the traditional fee-for-service program went to nursing and therapy for patients in rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, long-term care hospitals and in their own homes.
The hospitals were rated on two-dozen measures, including surveys of patient satisfaction and death rates.
Harvard researchers find no difference in CEO compensation between hospitals that rate well in providing good care and those that do poorly.
A cottage industry of nonprofits and companies offer grades and rankings of hospitals. But they often measure different things.
Even the same plan can carry dramatically different price tags in different areas – from $614 in Flagstaff to $395 in Nashville.
Initial reports on enrollment, premium prices and breadth of benefits likely will not reflect long-term prospects.
Government actuaries estimate that health care will account for 20 percent of gross domestic product by 2022.
Penalties will total $227 million, but many hospitals will see their fines go down in October in the second year of the program.
Kaiser Health News’ data on hospital readmissions penalties comes from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.