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How will recently enacted Affordable Care Act policies affect Medicare for hospitals?

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Air date: November 11, 2012

Host: Anne Ryder

Aging Healthcare Policy & Public Health Patient Care
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Interview: Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S.



Two new policy changes enacted by the Affordable Care Act took effect in October. The first penalizes hospitals if Medicare patients are re-admitted within one month of a visit if the re-admission is for a condition that should have been treated during the first admission. The second reallocates Medicare payments to hospitals that are providing higher quality care, rather than basing reimbursements on quantity. “Sound Medicine” health care policy analyst Aaron Carroll, M.D., M.S., discusses the impact these changes will have on hospitals.

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