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Staten Island Hospitals Barely Miss Making the List of Hospitals Penalized by Medicare

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SI Hospitals Barely Miss the Medicare Penalized List

SI Hospitals Miss Making the List of Penalized Hospitals


Staten Island’s two hospitals narrowly missed making the list of the New York hospitals being penalized by Medicare for having high rates of patient infections, complications and other injuries.

Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH), which has sites in Ocean Breeze and Prince’s Bay, and Richmond University Medical Center (RUMC), West Brighton, escaped the penalties facing 17 other New York hospitals, barely scoring above the cutoff rating to avoid federal Medicare payment cuts, according to a new federal government report viewed by SILive.com.

SIUH got an overall hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) score of 6.75. The facility scored a 10 in the category of serious complications. RUMC had an overall HAC score of 6.07, and scored a 9 in the category of serious complications. Kings County Hospital and Brookdale Medical Center, both in Brooklyn, had the worst scores, with nearly 10 out of ten, SILive.com reported.

More than 700 hospitals – one out of every seven hospitals in the country – will have their Medicare payments cut by 1 percent over the fiscal year that began October 1 and continues through September 2015. Under the health law, Medicare determines the reductions for the quarter of hospitals that earn the highest rates of HACs.  Conditions that fall under the heading of “HACs” include infections from catheters, blood clots, bed sores and other complications that are considered avoidable, according to SILive.com.

Medicare judges hospitals on the frequency of central-line bloodstream infections caused by tubes used to pump fluids or medicines through the veins, infections from catheters placed in bladders to remove urine, and rates of eight kinds of serious complications that occurred in hospitals, including collapsed lungs, surgical tears, reopened wounds and broken hips. Medicare tallies the numbers and assigns each hospital a score based on a 10-point scale. Hospitals in the top quarter, with a total score above 7, are penalized, SILive.com reported.

“Hospital infection is one of the largest killers in the United States and they’re almost all preventable through proper hygiene and rigorous adherence to procedures, so of course hospitals should be penalized when their infection rates are high,” patient advocate and former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey told the New York Post.

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Staten Island Hospitals Barely Miss Making the List of Hospitals Penalized by Medicare was posted on Wednesday, January 7th, 2015 at 3:34 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Medical Malpractice Lawsuits.

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