Readmission penalties vary among U.S. hospitals:

Large, teaching and safety-net hospitals were more likely to be penalized for failing to lower readmission rates than small, nonteaching and non-safety-net hospitals, respectively, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Of the 3,282 hospitals included in the study, 2,189 will receive pay cuts under the CMS's Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program.

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