Friday, December 11, 2015

16 Arizona Hospitals Penalized For Patient Safety Issues - Including Big Name Centers, 7 Repeat Offenders

Sixteen Arizona hospitals are getting dinged by Medicare for their higher rates of patient safety incidents - certain infections, sepsis, hip fractures and other complications. A few of them are from the big healthcare networks, a few are rural, and 7 are repeat offenders from last year's list.

(Accompanying: List of the 11 safest hospitals and 10 least safe hospitals in Arizona)

The program ("Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program") was mandated by the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), and results in the hospitals on the list receiving 1% less reimbursements from Medicare for the current fiscal year.

In the Phoenix area, penalized hospitals are Banner Thunderbird and Banner Ironwood, Maricopa Medical Center, Honor Health Deer Valley, Abrazo West (Goodyear), Scottsdale Shea, and the Arizona Orthopedic and Surgical Specialty Hospital.  In Tucson, Banner-UMC, St. Joe's and TMC are on the list. The others can be found below.

Seven are being penalized for the 2nd year in a row: AZ Orthopedic, Banner Ironwood, Banner-UMC, Maricopa Medical, TMC, Florence Hospital at Anthem, and Sells Indian Health Service Hospital.

The above list was compiled by Kaiser Health News. The original data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services can be found here.

(Accompanying: List of the 11 safest hospitals and 10 least safe hospitals in Arizona)

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