10 states hit hardest by Medicare hospital infection fines

In fiscal year 2015, 721 hospitals will have their Medicare payments reduced as part of the Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program because they are among the 25 percent of hospitals with the highest rates of HACs.

Hospitals in nearly every state* faced fines, but some states had a higher percentage of hospitals penalized than others. The 10 states listed below had the highest percentage of hospitals fined by Medicare for high HAC rates.

1. Utah — 44.4 percent of hospitals faced fines (16 hospitals)

2. Connecticut — 41.2 percent (14 hospitals)

3. Rhode Island — 33.3 percent (4 hospitals)

4. Nevada — 32.1 percent (9 hospitals)

5. New Jersey — 30.7 percent (23 hospitals)

6. Colorado — 28.3 percent (15 hospitals)

7. New Mexico — 27.5 percent (11 hospitals)

8. Maine — 27.3 percent (6 hospitals)

9. Washington — 26.6 percent (17 hospitals)

10. Georgia — 25.2 percent (29 hospitals)

 

* No hospitals in Vermont or Hawaii were penalized. Hospitals in Maryland were exempt from the fines due to the state's special payment arrangement with the federal government.

Editor's note: Percentages were calculated using the number of hospitals fined by Medicare and the number of hospitals in each state, according to the American Hospital Directory.

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