Neighborhoods around Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit are wracked by poverty, and the lack of access to pharmacies and healthy foods, as well as infrequent public transportation, make it more likely that patients who live there will be readmitted soon after they're discharged. As hospitals attempt to bring down 30-day readmission rates to avoid Medicare penalties, safety-net hospitals like Henry Ford are concerned that despite aggressive efforts to help patients after they leave, the CMS may be penalizing them for factors beyond their control.
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