Local hospitals penalized by Medicare

Published: Feb. 11, 2022 at 1:33 AM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Five local hospitals are being penalized by Medicare and it’s going to cost them money as a result.

The following hospitals made a list for patient safety penalties handed down by Medicare:

  • Piedmont Columbus Regional - Columbus
  • St. Francis-Emory Healthcare - Columbus
  • Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital - Phenix City
  • Wellstar West Georgia Medical Center - LaGrange
  • Medical Center Barbour - Eufaula

As a result, Medicare will dock their payments to these facilities by 1%. Penalties are assessed to the top quarter of hospitals in the nation with hospital-acquired conditions. This means a patient acquired illness or injury from being in the hospital. Kaiser Health News tracks this reporting.

St. Francis-Emory Healthcare issued a statement in response to the penalty:

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