Lower Hospital Readmissions a Mere Label Change, Analysis Says

  • Fewer returns driven by billing gimmick more than Obamacare
  • Providers seeking to avoid cuts in Medicare reimbursement
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Lower U.S. hospital readmission rates that have been touted as an Obamacare victory are due mostly to a billing gimmick that increases costs to patients, health-care researchers said.

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