- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Eight Arkansas hospitals are facing reduced Medicare reimbursement rates after a federal agency found they had higher rates of patient infections and other complications compared with other hospitals.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/13ns9q0 ) that 23 Arkansas hospitals will face penalties and 22 others will receive bonuses for their scores on a variety of quality measures under a Medicare program known as Hospital Value-Based Purchasing.

The penalties and bonuses are part of an initiative under the new federal health care law that links Medicare reimbursement to measures of quality and health care outcomes.

Hospitals penalized for high rates of infections and serious complications under the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program will receive a 1 percent reduction in Medicare reimbursement for most services in the federal fiscal year that started on Oct. 1.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com

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