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by Alicia Caramenico, FierceHealthcare
With a national effort to improve care and cut costs, healthcare providers have a lot of opportunity to explore new innovations and healthcare delivery models--and have a right to be proud of their efforts.
Yet some recent articles in FierceHealthcare suggest there are plenty of reasons for those driving these efforts to feel discouraged.
For one thing, despite improved quality scores, some hospitals will still get hit with big Medicare penalties for readmissions.
Hospitals have been implementing quality care improvements, but a lot of those efforts won't stave off reimbursement cuts, since Medicare is basing the first round of penalties on patients who were discharged between July 2008 and June 2011.
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