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Medicare’s Penalities For Low Safety Scores Hit Hospitals Across The Nation

The Medicare program announced it would withhold part of its reimbursements to 769 hospitals and news outlets from various states detail how their facilities fared.

Des Moines Register: Des Moines' Mercy Penalized Over Patient-Safety Scores
Des Moines’ Mercy Medical Center is among seven Iowa hospitals being penalized by Medicare for relatively poor patient-safety scores. The federal health-insurance program for the elderly announced this week that it would withhold part of Medicare reimbursements to 769 hospitals nationwide. The penalties are part of an effort to rein in medical errors, which kill tens of thousands of Americans per year. (Leys, 12/23)

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