Area hospitals critical of federal penalties for infections, other injuries

December 20, 2014 6:00 PM

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Local hospitals are critical of new penalties announced last week by the federal government for high rates of infections and injuries, while acknowledging more work needs to be done to reduce harm to patients.

Six St. Louis-area hospitals will lose 1 percent of their Medicare reimbursement because they scored in the bottom quarter of the nation’s hospitals when it came to certain patient safety criteria, known as hospital-acquired conditions. The penalty is being imposed in the current federal budget year...

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