Medicare Penalizes Wisconsin Hospitals for High Infection & Injury Rates
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Jan 07, 2016 in Medical Negligence
Fifteen Wisconsin hospitals are being penalized by Medicare for having unacceptably high rates of infection and injury. For the 2016 fiscal year, which runs Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 31, 2016, the hospitals will see a one percent reduction in payments from Medicare.
As required by the Affordable Care Act, this is the second year that the Hospital Acquired Condition Reduction Program is mandating harsh penalties in an effort to urge hospitals to improve patient safety.
Hospital acquired infections included in the assessment were infections from catheters, bed sores, blood clots and other complications that are preventable.
Hospitals were judged based on three measures:
- The frequency of infections in the central-line bloodstream caused by tubes pumping medication and food into veins
- Infections from tubes in bladders that remove urine
- And the rates of serious complications like surgical cuts, collapsed lungs, broken hips, and tears or reopened wounds
These infections and injuries during hospitalization can be indicative of sub-par patient care. High infection rates can show that proper containment measures were not taken, and injuries may be a sign that a patient did not receive adequate care or attention during their hospitalization.
A total of 758 hospitals were penalized for the 2016 year through the program, up from 724 in 2015. Wisconsin hospitals showed some improvement, with 15 hospitals penalized in 2016 compared to 18 in 2015.
Hospital acquired infections and injuries can be very dangerous for patients. If you or someone you love has been harmed by an infection or injury sustained during a hospital stay, contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula & Dentice, S.C. right away for help recovering the compensation you deserve.