COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Midtown Medical Center in Columbus and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany are on the list of 31 hospitals across Georgia being penalized for having a high amount of hospital-acquired infections.
Medicare payments will be cut by one percent for a one year period to all hospitals on the list.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found one in 25 patients can expect to contract a healthcare-related infection.
Columbus Regional Health released the following statement in response:
The CDC has made the reduction of hospital-related-infections a major focus for its organization.
Midtown Medical says they put a plan in place and says they are already seeing improvements in decreasing the amount of hospital acquired infections.