Medicare holds 3,308 hospitals under its hospital acquired infection control program. And of those hospitals, fully 758 of them are being fined for their failure to meet minimum patient infection rates over this past year.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – CMS – has announced that it will penalize these facilities by withholding 1% of their federal funding due to poor performance, which amounts to $365,000,000.
CMS reports that although hospital infection scores have improved in some areas, they still fall short of accepted levels for urinary catheter-related infections. CMS has initiated new quality information to its Hospital Compare site, and added its first set of performance measures for individual practitioners on patient safety.
And these infections kill upwards of 200 people a day.
This year’s CMS penalties are some of the most severe ever, in a program that also includes fines for preventable patient returns after being discharged.
Some of the medical centers failing to make the grade are among those considered the finest in the nation, according to Kaiser Health News. They include the Mayo Clinic and Stanford Health Care.