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Maine hospitals rank well, but a dozen face Medicare penalties for readmissions

Aug 09, 2013: A dozen Maine hospitals face Medicare penalties in round two of the federal government’s push to lower the number of patients who wind up back in the hospital within a month of being discharged.

Compared to other states, Maine’s hospitals ranked near the top, at seventh nationally by the amount of the average penalty.

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Medicare evaluated 20 of Maine’s 39 hospitals. Twelve hospitals will be penalized and eight face no fines.