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Topic - Nancy Foster
If you or an elderly relative have been hospitalized recently and noticed extra attention when the time came to be discharged, there's more to it than good customer service.
In an effort to nudge the health care industry toward more cost cutting and efficiency, Medicare is testing a new way of reimbursing doctors, hospitals, therapists and other providers through bundled payments intended to prompt more coordinated care.
"Readmissions are partially within the control of the hospital and partially within the control of others," Foster said.
Foster, the hospital association official, said medication mix-ups account for a big share of problems.