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Most Wisconsin hospitals likely won't face penalty

Posted June 25th, 2014 @ 2:28pm by Associated Press

 JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) _ Most Wisconsin hospitals are unlikely to be penalized for high rates of patient infections, based on preliminary data released by the federal government and analyzed by Kaiser Health News.

The report shows 65 hospitals are subject to the penalties for high infection rates, complications and patient injuries.

But of those 65, only 26 had scores bad enough to be at the most serious risk of losing 1 percent of their Medicare payments from October through September 2015.

Scores are based on a two-year period, from the beginning of 2012 to the end of 2013. The preliminary scores come from June 2012 to July 2013, which means final scores may be different in October.


JANESVILLE, Wis. (AP) _ Sixty five hospitals from all corners of Wisconsin could face federal penalties for high rates of complications and infections.


The Janesville Gazette reported Wednesday that St. Mary's Janesville Hospital was on the list.


Other hospitals on the list include ones in virtually every part of the state including Appleton, Wausau, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Madison, La Crosse, Rhinelander and Racine.


Nationally, there are 761 hospitals on the preliminary list compiled by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services of those that could be penalized.


Some of the hospitals on the list could avoid penalties after the agency does more analysis.


Those that still have poor scores by October will lose 1 percent of their Medicare payments from October through September 2015.







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