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1 in 5 Eligible Hospitals Penalized for HACs
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Thursday announced the final list of hospitals that are now receiving a 1% penalty for having the highest rates of preventable complications, effective Oct. 1. In a separate move earlier in the day, the agency updated its Hospital Compare website. The formula that determines the penalties, authorized by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, gives hospital a score from 1 to 10 and is based largely on rates of hospitals’ central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs).