Hospitals Penalized for Preventable “Hospital-Acquired” Health Conditions

Four hospitals in one state have recently been penalized for “too many preventable readmissions” according to guidelines set by Medicare and Medicaid programs. In exchange for keeping health and safety standards high, many hospitals nationwide receive large reimbursements from the government programs. This reimbursement permits the compensation of medical costs which are not paid for by patients with private insurance.

When certain adverse health conditions from patients are present, the federal government will penalize the hospital(s). These preventable “hospital-acquired” conditions include, but are not limited to, infections, bedsores (or pressure ulcers), and blood clots. For more, read the story.