Hospitals To Pay Big Fines For Infections, Avoidable Injuries

June 23, 2014 1:46 PM

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hide captionDorothea Handron became so ill after a surgeon unknowingly pierced her bowel during a hernia operation that doctors placed her in a medically induced coma for six weeks to aid healing.

Medicare is preparing to penalize about 750 hospitals that have the highest rates of infections and patient injuries. The sanctions, estimated to total $330 million over a year, will kick in at a time when most infections and accidents in hospitals are on the decline, but still too common.

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