- Associated Press - Friday, December 19, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey is one of ten states where a third or more of its hospitals will be penalized by Medicare because of errors and infections.

The federal government will reduce Medicare payments by 1 percent to 23 hospitals in the state according to a report released Thursday under President Barack Obama’s health care reforms.

Capital Health Medical Center-Hopewell in Mercer County had the state’s lowest score. It was followed by University Hospital in Newark and St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic.

New Jersey Hospital Association vice president Kerry McKean Kelly tells The Record (https://bit.ly/1wrXpjM ) newspaper there are significant concerns with the methodology behind the penalties. She says hospitals that have focused on and made significant strides in reducing infections may still face penalties.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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