Medicare is penalizing 721 hospitals with high rates of potentially avoidable mistakes that can harm patients, known as “hospital-acquired conditions” or HACs
Penalized hospitals will have their Medicare payments reduced by 1 percent over the fiscal year that runs from October 2014 through September 2015.
To determine penalties, Medicare evaluated three types of HACs.
- One is central-line associated bloodstream infections, or CLABSIs.
- The second is catheter-associated urinary tract infections, or CAUTIs.
- The final one, Serious Complications, is based on eight types of injuries, including blood clots, bed sores and falls.
Here are the Washington state hospitals that are being penalized:
|Cascade Valley Hospital||Arlington||WA||Snohomish|
|Deaconess Medical Center||Spokane||WA||Spokane|
|Harborview Medical Center||Seattle||WA||King|
|Kadlec Regional Medical Center||Richland||WA||Benton|
|Multicare Auburn Medical Center||Auburn||WA||King|
|Multicare Good Samaritan Hospital||Puyallup||WA||Pierce|
|Northwest Hospital & Medical Center||Seattle||WA||King|
|Peacehealth St Joseph Medical Center||Bellingham||WA||Whatcom|
|Providence Holy Family Hospital||Spokane||WA||Spokane|
|Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center||Spokane||WA||Spokane|
|Providence St Mary Medical Center||Walla Walla||WA||Walla Walla|
|Swedish Medical Center – First Hill/Ballard||Seattle||WA||King|
|Swedish Medical Center / Cherry Hill||Seattle||WA||King|
|Valley Medical Center||Renton||WA||King|
|Wenatchee Valley Hospital||Wenatchee||WA||Chelan|
|Yakima Regional Medical And Cardiac Center||Yakima||WA||Yakima|
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