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751 U.S. hospitals penalized for high infection rates

Hospitals in every state were penalized with cuts in Medicare payments for having too many infections. (Maryland is the only state not affected because it has a different Medicare payment system.) Medicare considers these conditions when evaluating hospitals:

  • Infections from colon surgeries, hysterectomies, urinary tract catheters, and central line tubes.
  • Rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile
  • Frequency of 10 types of in-hospital injuries (including bedsores, hip fractures, blood clots, sepsis, and postsurgical wound ruptures).

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