More Than 750 Hospitals Face Medicare Crackdown On Patient Injuries

Kaiser Health News staff writer Jordan Rau reports: “A quarter of the nation’s hospitals – those with the worst rates – will lose 1 percent of every Medicare payment for a year starting in October. In April, federal officials released a preliminary analysis of which hospitals would be assessed, identifying 761. When Medicare sets final penalties later this year, that list may change because the government will be looking at performance over a longer period than it used to calculate the draft penalties” (Rau, 6/22). Read the story; a list of hospitals at highest risk of penalties; or an explanation of the methodology regarding how hospital-acquired infections are calculated.

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