CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A report says the federal government has penalized nine Wyoming hospitals for high readmission rates, and another one for high levels of hospital-acquired medical conditions.

The Kaiser Family Foundation's Kaiser Health News says the federal Affordable Care Act allows Medicare to cut payments to the hospitals.

The hospitals penalized in Wyoming for excessive readmission rates are St. Johns Medical Center in Jackson, Mountain View Regional in Casper, Cheyenne Regional, Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Campbell County Memorial Hospital in Gillette, Evanston Regional, SageWest Health Care in Riverton, Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County and Ivinson Memorial Hospital in Laramie.

Aspen Mountain Medical Center in Rock Springs was the only hospital penalized for hospital-acquired conditions in 2019.

Overall, Kaiser says 800 hospitals were penalized across the country.

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