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Federal Program Penalized 751 Hospitals For Too Many Infections, Patient Injuries

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Kaiser Health News writes: The federal government penalizes 751 hospitals for having too many infections and patient injuries, with half of the evaluated hospitals in Connecticut and Delaware penalized by Medicare. In New York and Nevada, 4 in 10 hospitals were penalized. A third were punished in Rhode Island and Georgia. (These figures do not include specialty hospitals automatically exempted from penalties: those serving veterans, children and psychiatric patients, and “critical access” hospitals that are the only institutions in their area.)  The penalties — now in their fourth year — were created by the Affordable Care Act to drive hospitals to improve the quality of their care. Each year, hundreds of hospitals lose 1 percent of their Medicare payments through the Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HAC) Reduction Program.

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