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Steep Medicare penalty for Coordinated Health

Steep Medicare penalty for Coordinated Health

Coordinated Health Orthopedic Hospital in Bethlehem is among a tiny percentage of hospitals nationally facing a maximum Medicare penalty under a controversial measure of readmissions that some health care administrators say is fundamentally flawed. Under the Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services punishes hospitals whose patients are readmitted within a month of discharge. The hospital's reimbursement rates are docked on a sliding scale up to 3 percent, depending on the percentage of patients readmitted. Nearly 2,600 hospitals across the country — including nearly all of the Lehigh Valley's hospitals and three-quarters of those in...

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