Hospitals Face Penalties On Patient Injuries

Kaiser Health News reports that 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 because of a new government program to penalize hospitals on certain quality measures. 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.  The sanctions are estimated to total $330 million over a year, and roughly one out of every eight patients nationally suffered a potentially avoidable complication during a hospital stay, thegovernment estimates.