US Hospitals face reduced Medicare receipts due to high levels of Hospital Acquired Conditions. the article in the Detroit News says 3 Chicago based hospitals have had their Medicare funding due to this.
This is a tough policy but it will help drive best practice in infection control as 1% reduction can add up to a hefty sum.
Nationwide, 758 out 3,308 hospitals will receive a 1 percent payment reduction applied to all Medicare discharges occurring between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016. It’s part of the federal government’s HAC Reduction Program, which started in 2015 under the Affordable Care Act.