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Hospital-acquired conditions mean Medicare penalties for 700-plus hospitals

Friday, December 19, 2014  
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More than 700 hospitals will see their total Medicare payments docked by 1% in fiscal 2015 as part of the first year of a federal penalty program aimed at reducing preventable harm and improving patient safety. The Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, established by the healthcare reform law, penalizes hospitals that fall within the worst-performing quartile, based on measures of adverse events occurring during hospital stays, such as pressure ulcers, pulmonary embolisms and certain types of healthcare-associated conditions. According to CMS data released Thursday, 724 hospitals were in that bottom-scoring range for 2015. Those facilities will have their payments for all hospital discharges occurring after Oct. 1, 2014, reduced by 1%.  Click here to read more.....

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