The percentage of readmission to hospitals within 30 days of leaving it is dropping. That's the first part of good news.

That second part comes from a new study arguing the decline isn't from hospitals cooking their books, but actually due to improved performance. 

"Readmission trends are consistent with hospitals responding to incentives to reduce readmissions, including the financial penalties for readmissions under the (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act)," concluded a team of researchers, led by Rachael B. Zuckerman of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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