Medicare Cites 12 Minnesota Hospitals for High Rate of Hospital-Acquired Infections and Bed Sores

Medicare will penalize 12 Minnesota hospitals for having an unacceptably high rate of patients with hospital-acquired infections, bed sores and other preventable injuries. The infections at issue are linked to use of urinaty cathethers and central lines, often used in the ICU. The penalty will be a 1% reduction in Medicare reimbursement rates for these hospitals.

The hospitals cited are:

Cambridge Medical Center, Cambridge

Essentia Health St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Brainerd

Essentia Health Virginia, Virginia

Fairview Northland Medical Center, Princeton

Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis

Maple Grove Hospital, Maple Grove

Olmsted Medical Center, Rochester

Regions Hospital, St. Paul

Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, Bemidji

St. Cloud Hospital, St. Cloud

St. Luke’s Hospital, Duluth

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis

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