Medicare Fines UNC Hospitals en Medicare Begins Penalizing Hospitals For Readmissions <p>Medicare will begin penalizing hospitals Monday that have too many repeat patients who check back in due to complications. The penalties will come out of Medicare’s payments to the hospitals, and they're part of President Obama's health care law.&nbsp;</p><p>Nearly one out of every five Medicare patients who walks into a hospital today will be back in the hospital within a month. That’s according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and improving that ratio is what the penalties are all about.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 03:14:44 +0000 Michael Tomsic 12896 at