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Medicare reduces funding to St. Joseph, 8 other hospitals in O.C.
Orange County Register

Nine Orange County hospitals are being penalized by the federal government for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries, records released Thursday show.

In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals nationwide, including St. Joseph Hospital, one of the largest in Orange County, and three smaller O.C. hospitals belonging to the same health system, Integrated Healthcare Holdings Inc. The state hospital in Costa Mesa for adults with developmental disabilities also was penalized.