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More U.S. hospitals are receiving 30-day readmission penalties

The Problem -- A total of 2,610 hospitals in the U.S. will see their Medicare payments docked in fiscal 2015 for having excessive numbers of patients return to the hospital within 30 days of discharge.

The CMS posted its third round of readmission penalties, which will affect Medicare reimbursements from Oct. 1, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2015.

The tally of hospitals subject to fines next year is about 400 more than in the first two years of the program (2,225 in fiscal 2014 and 2,217 in fiscal 2013), according to data obtained from Kaiser Health News.

The Solution -- Telehealth services are the perfect companion to integrated health care delivery networks and ACOs because they have the same overarching goal: making health care delivery more efficient, to reduce readmission's while simultaneously increasing quality of patient care.

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Doctor using telehealth / telemedicine to diagnose patients