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Half of hospitals penalized for hospital-acquired conditions are repeat offenders
Modern Healthcare

More than half of the hospitals that Medicare will penalize in 2016 for having the worst performance on measures of preventing patient harm are on that list for the second year in a row.

The CMS on Thursday released data that identified 758 hospitals that will see their Medicare payments reduced by 1% for ranking in the bottom quartile nationally under an Affordable Care Act program now in its second year. The CMS reported that 54% of the hospitals that ranked poorly in the second year also ranked poorly in the first. During the first year of the program, 724 hospitals were penalized.