Infographic: Why are hospitals penalized for readmissions?

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Why are hospitals penalized for readmissions? Some hospitals get hit harder than others. Large, safety-net hospitals, academic medical centers and non-profit hospitals are often on the penalty list. This infographic explores the often-untold story behind readmissions: Patients with mental health and substance abuse concerns. 

Medicare’s Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) requires CMS to penalize acute care hospitals for specific readmissions within 30 days of discharge for these admission types: Acute myocardial infarction (AMI), Heart failure (HF), Pneumonia (PN), Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Elective total hip arthroplasty (THA), Total knee arthroplasty (TKA), and Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery.

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