Boston researchers said an analysis of 3,282 U.S. hospitals found 66% will be penalized for high readmission rates under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. The report in the New England Journal of Medicine said ways to make the program more equitable include adjusting fines based on patient income so safety-net hospitals are on equal footing, weighing penalties based on timing of readmissions and giving hospitals credit for low mortality rates.

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