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Medicare trims payments to 800 hospitals, citing patient-safety incidents
Modern Healthcare

This year, 800 hospitals will be paid less by Medicare because of high rates of infections and patient injuries, federal records show.

The number is the highest since the federal government five years ago launched the Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC) Reduction Program, created by the Affordable Care Act. Under the program, 1,756 hospitals have been penalized at least once, a Kaiser Health News analysis found.

This year, 110 hospitals are being punished for the fifth straight time.

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