OSF Penalized For Infection Rates

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Twenty-three Illinois hospitals will be penalized after a reported high rate of infections and injuries.

The hospitals include OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford within the OSF HealthCare system.

The Chicago Tribune reports data from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rated hospitals on a score of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst. OSF Saint Francis Medical Center’s score was 7.5, while OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center’s score was 9.

The hospitals will lose one percent of their Medicare reimbursements from Oct. 1, 2015 through Sept. 20, 2016. The Illinois Hospital Association estimates the 23 hospitals combined will lose around $12 million.

The published report explained hospitals are ranked on a range of problems including postoperative hip fractures, blood infections, urinary tract infections and accidental cuts and punctures patients acquired after visiting hospitals.

“The data sited dates back in some cases to 2012 with the most recent data from 2014,” according to a statement issued by OSF HealthCare.

“OSF HealthCare knows and understands these measures and is constantly working to improve them. Additionally, the program penalizes hospitals that take care of the most complex and sickest patients. The patient population at OSF Saint Francis, a Level 1 trauma and tertiary care center with 157 intensive care beds, is significantly different than that in a critical access hospital.”

“In spite of the acuity of the patients treated at OSF Saint Francis,” the statement concludes, “we continue to make progress on improving these measures and caring for our patients in the safest manner possible.”

OSF HealthCare says more information included in the Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program can be found here.

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