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Many hospitals warn that Medicare penalties for high readmission rates will hurt facilities that most need resources.
Too many patients are returning to the hospital soon after being discharged, a costly problem the government is tackling.
Medicare data show little improvement in curbing the number of beneficiaries who are readmitted despite threats of financial penalties to hospitals.
Mississippi family's insurance problems could remain if state decides to follow Supreme Court's option to decline Medicaid expansion.
A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll done immediately after Thursday’s ruling shows the public remains split on the law along party lines.
The ruling on Medicaid creates a new arena for political battles in the 26 states that sued to overturn the law. Within hours of the decision, Republican officials in several states said they were likely to oppose expanding the program.
Under the 2010 health law, the government has invested in a decade’s worth of ideas on how to improve patient care and change the ways doctors and hospitals function -- changes could be halted if the Supreme Court throws out all or part of the law.
If the Supreme Court strikes down part or all of the 2010 federal health law, millions of Americans - including the uninsured, young adults and the chronically ill - could be affected.
The new data, which include beneficiaries' bills in the hospital and for 30 days afterward, are a first step toward using bonuses and penalties to encourage more efficient care.