Hospitals May Lose Medicare Funds Because Of Infection Rates
County hospitals in Ventura and Santa Paula have ranked in the lowest 25 percent in the nation in terms of fighting hospital-acquired infections.
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Area Hospitals Face Penalties Due To Infections
Ventura County Medical Center, Santa Paula Hospital and Simi Valley Hospital face penalties for the third year in a row that could mean a loss of Medicare money because of infection rates and other health issues developed after admission. Rates for hospital-acquired conditions improved in Simi Valley and at the county hospitals in Ventura and Santa Paula, but their scores released by Medicare still rank in the lowest 25 percent in the nation. That means they could sustain a 1 percent cut in Medicare payments for the fiscal year that concludes in September 2017. (Kisken, 12/22)
See more coverage on the rankings: Latest Hospital Injury Penalties Include Crackdown On Antibiotic Resistant Germs