Medicare Penalizes Hospitals for Being Too Careful

According to Jordan Rau of The New York Times, “Medicare is reducing a year’s worth of payments to 758 hospitals, including some of the most prestigious teaching hospitals in the country, with the highest rates of infections and other potentially avoidable complications, including blood clots after surgery, bed sores, hip fractures and sepsis.”

“The penalties, created by the federal Affordable Care Act, have incited a vehement debate about quality at many academic medical centers often revered for cutting-edge treatments and top specialists. Are these vaunted hospitals really more dangerous than local, unsung hospitals?”

Or are these hospitals being perversely penalized because they are so aggressive in screening patients for problems?

Find out more from The New York Times here.

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