The federal government will cut payments to eight Utah hospitals after they fell among the bottom quarter of medical centers for sufferer wounds and preventable infections.
This is the 3rd year Medicare has punished and fined hospitals for preventable complications like blood clots, infections, bed sores and falls. Hence, eight Utah hospitals have been penalized for injuries and infection rate.
The step is the part of the Affordable Care Act, which needs that Medicare penalize the bottom 25% of hospitals in these measures.
Mountain West Medical Center, St. Mark’s Hospital, Intermountain Medical Center, McKay-Dee Hospital, LDS Hospital, Castleview Hospital, Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, and Cache Valley Hospital will review their payments decreased under the program. Hence, eight Utah hospitals have been penalized for injuries and infection rate.
Medicare ranks hospitals on several measures, involving the rate of central line infections, catheter infections, surgical site infections and MRSA.
Hospital administrators have condemned the methodology of federal government, claiming medical centers that are more mindful over detecting infections are sanctioned for their vigilance. Others say that hospitals that tend to treat more extremely ill populations are unfairly dinged.
Administrators have also condemned the program for the delayed nature of the data. Information for the latest release was collected from the time period of July 2013 to June 2015.
Since then, said Marie Prothero, executive director of quality improvement at St. Mark’s Hospital, the hospital has made key improvements in sufferer safety and has executed a microbe-zapping robot to decrease infections.
“We identify the significance of ensuring patient safety at all times,” Prothero claimed in a statement. “That is why we’re thoroughly analyzing our data and proactively dealing this priority at St. Mark’s Hospital.”
Suzanne Anderson, nurse administrator at Intermountain Medical Center, claimed that the hospital supports the concept of incentivizing medical centers to decrease hospital-acquired conditions.
But she said the federal government’s use of the similar rubric for entire hospitals nationwide is flawed.
“There are obviously refinements and changes required for the program,” Anderson stated in a statement.
“Hospitals devoting critical resources to safer care with optimized surveillance tend to lead to increased detection versus less safe care. These facilities are being punished,” she further added.
There is proof that the step is working. Hospital-acquired conditions reduced by 21% between the years of 2010 and 2015, in accordance to the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The agency assumed that $28 billion in health care charges was saved as a result.
Nationwide, 769 hospitals will see their payments cut, involving prestigious institutions like the Cleveland Clinic in the Ohio, Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, and Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania.
The hospitals will lose 1% of all Medicare payments for a year.
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