Hundreds of hospitals punished for lax safety. Here’s how to see if yours is one

Hundreds of hospitals punished for lax safety. Here’s how to see if yours is one

Enlarge (credit: Getty | Mario Tama)

Medicare is cutting payments to 800 hospitals around the country for having relatively high rates of infections and injuries among their patients, according to an analysis by Kaiser Health News. That’s the highest number of penalties in the five years that the federal government has handed them out.

Top Rated Products

Online Violin and Fiddle Lessons

cs_image_0

$47.00

How To Get Her Back

cs_image_1

$47.00

Ultimate hockey training

cs_image_2

$34.95

Divorcing a narcissist

cs_image_3

$29.95

Divorcing a narcissist

cs_image_3

$29.95

Marijuana No More

cs_image_4

$37.00

SaleHoo Wholesale Directory

cs_image_5

$67.00

Teach Yourself Reiki Today

cs_image_6

$97.00

A Daily Bible Devotional Resources

cs_image_7

$7.95

A Daily Bible Devotional Resources

cs_image_7

$7.95

Secrets of the ocean breath

cs_image_8

$19.00

Vegan Muscle Diet

cs_image_9

$37.00

Fish Bait Recipes

cs_image_10

$19.95

Automated Niche Research Tool

cs_image_11

$47.00

Automated Niche Research Tool

cs_image_11

$47.00

Penalized hospitals will see a one-percent cut to payments for Medicare patients discharged between October 2018 and September 2019. The penalties are the result of an annual assessment set up by the 2014 Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, which was created under the Affordable Care Act. The program ranks all hospitals based on their rates of specific infections and in-hospital injuries. From there, Medicare penalizes the bottom quarter or subsection—the threshold varies from year to year based on the data. So far, 800 is the highest number penalized, seconded by 769 two years ago.

The infection rates that the program looks at are those linked to urinary tract catheters, colon surgeries, hysterectomies, plus blood infections from central lines. The program also tallies infections from the dreaded Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile, which causes intractable and sometimes life-threatening diarrhea. The injuries assessed include bedsores, in-hospital falls that cause hip fractures, wounds that burst open after surgery, blood clots, and kidney injuries after surgery.

Read 3 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Post Author: martin

Avatar
Martin is an enthusiastic programmer, a webdeveloper and a young entrepreneur. He is intereted into computers for a long time. In the age of 10 he has programmed his first website and since then he has been working on web technologies until now. He is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of BriefNews.eu and PCHealthBoost.info Online Magazines. His colleagues appreciate him as a passionate workhorse, a fan of new technologies, an eternal optimist and a dreamer, but especially the soul of the team for whom he can do anything in the world.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.