Medicare will penalize 120 Illinois hospitals next year for readmitting too many patients, part of an effort by the federal government to nudge health providers toward higher-quality care.  Hospitals are docked a % of their reimbursement if patients with certain conditions are readmitted within 30 days at rates higher than national averages.

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