In 2014, twenty-two Ohio hospitals were found by Medicare to have high rates of infection and patient injuries. As a result, Medicare payments to these facilities were cut.
Medicare is assessing harsh penalties in efforts to reduce harm caused to patients during hospital stays. As of 2008, Medicare has refused payment for treatment related to hospital-acquired complications. Medicare will now reduce payments by one percent to the hospitals assessed with high infection and injury rates. Nationally, 721 hospitals were penalized.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or illness as a result of negligence at a local hospital, contact our medical malpractice lawyers. What you suffered is a terrible tragedy and something no one should ever have to endure.
Ohio Hospitals Affected
More than 20 Ohio hospitals saw reductions in Medicare payments. Of the hospitals assessed, 17 percent were penalized. Some of the facilities include:
- Cleveland Clinic
- Miami Valley Hospital
- Ohio State University State Health System
- University of Cincinnati Medical Center, LLC
- University of Toledo Medical Center
- Metrohealth System
- Good Samaritan Hospital
Infections Pose Danger To Patients
Hospital-acquired infections and injuries can be extremely dangerous to patients. As infectious diseases spread in healthcare facilities, patients who acquire such an illness are at risk of more lengthy and complicated treatment, or even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 205 individuals die as a result of a hospital-acquired infection each day in the United States.
Failing to protect patients from acquiring infections or being injured during a hospital stay can be an indication that the patient has not received proper care. Such infections and injuries can be caused by medical errors or neglect, such as bedsores, reopened wounds, or medication reactions.