The results are in and “the Federal government will punish more than half of the nation’s hospitals – a total of 2,597 – for excess readmissions by withholding more than half a billion dollars in Medicare payments over the next year.” The new penalties are based on the rehospitalization rate for patients with six common conditions: heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, chronic lung disease, hip and knee replacements, coronary artery bypass graft surgery. I wonder who is going to pay for this? Do the doctors get penalized? How about the administrators? I wish someone actually did a follow up to see what effects these penalties had on the hospital. What do you think?