Hospital acquired conditions results in Medicare sanctions for 700+ hospitals

The Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, established by the healthcare reform law, penalizes hospitals that fall within the worst-performing quartile, based on measures of adverse events occurring during hospital stays, such as pressure ulcers, pulmonary embolisms and certain types of healthcare-associated conditions.724 hospitals were in that bottom-scoring range for 2015 and will have their payments for all hospital discharges occurring after Oct. 1, 2014, reduced by 1%.

CMS says that overall payments would drop by roughly $330 million in 2015 due to the HAC program.

Teaching hospitals will be hit e hard because they treat large numbers of poor patients as well as indirect medical education payments.

Jeffrey Newman represents whistleblowers