Medicare Penalizes 758 Hospitals For Safety Incidents

The federal government is penalizing 758 hospitals with higher rates of patient safety incidents, and more than half of those places had also been fined last year, Medicare records released late Wednesday show.

The fines are based on the government’s assessment of the frequency of several kinds of infections, sepsis, hip fractures and other complications.  Medicare will lower all its payments to the penalized hospitals by 1 percent over the course of the federal fiscal year, which runs through September 2016.  In total, Medicare estimates the penalties will cost hospitals $364 million.

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