For the first time the federal government is punishing hospitals with high rates of infections and complications by reducing payments, according to data released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Under a process mandated by the Affordable Care Act, Medicare is cutting payments to 721 hospitals nationwide for not doing enough to reduce avoidable infections and injuries, called "hospital-acquired conditions."
California is home to 79 of the penalized hospitals, including Loma Linda University, L.A. County-USC and Long Beach Memorial Medical Centers.
Medicare will reduce its payments to the hospitals by 1 percent in the current fiscal year, which started in October. Medicare ranked hospitals based on three conditions: Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections, Central-line associated bloodstream infections and serious complications. Medicare assesses eight types of complications that range from falls to blood clots.
Next year’s review will include even more types of injuries and infections.
The hospitals in Los Angeles and Orange Counties that will be penalized:
- Keck Hospital Of Usc Los Angeles CA
- Western Medical Center Santa Ana Santa Ana CA
- Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda
- Lanterman Developmental Center, Pomona
- Fairview Developmental Center, Costa Mesa
- Ronald Reagan Ucla Medical Center, Los Angeles
- Lac/Harbor-Ucla Med Center, Torrance
- Coastal Communities Hospital, Santa Ana
- Chapman Medical Center, Orange
- Providence Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hills
- Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Long Beach
- Mission Community Hospital, Panorama City
- Motion Picture & Television Hospital, Woodland Hills
- Placentia Linda Hospital, Placentia
- East Los Angeles Doctors Hospital, Los Angeles
- Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, Thousand Oaks
- St Joseph Hospital, Orange
- White Memorial Medical Center, Los Angeles
- Pacifica Hospital Of The Valley, Sun Valley
- AHMC Anaheim Regional Medical Center, Anaheim
- Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, Laguna Hills
- Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles
- San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, San Gabriel
- Kaiser Foundation Hospital - Baldwin Park, Baldwin Park
- PIH Hospital – Downey, Downey
- LAC/Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Downey
- Northridge Hospital Medical Center, Northridge
- Simi Valley Hospital & Health Care Services, Simi Valley
- LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles
- Santa Monica – UCLA Med Center & Orthopaedic Hospital, Santa Monica
- Providence Tarzana Medical Center, Tarzana