CMS data showed the mean rehospitalization rate among Medicare beneficiaries was lower than 18% during the first eight months of this year, which translates to an estimated 130,000 fewer readmissions between January 2012 and August 2013. "Using the same comparison, readmission rates also went down in 49 states and the District of Columbia. The only state that did not see a decrease -- Utah -- already had one of the lowest readmission rates in the country," the CMS also stated.

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