- Associated Press - Saturday, December 20, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Medicare is shaving payments to 12 Mississippi hospitals because too many patients come down with preventable new ailments while being treated for something else.

The Clarion-Ledger (https://on.thec-l.com/1zh9hay ) reports that the hospitals are among 721 nationwide losing 1 percent of their Medicare payments for the current fiscal year.

Conditions tracked by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services include blood clots, bedsores, falls, urinary tract infections associated with catheters, and bloodstream infections associated with tubes inserted into a vein to deliver medicine or fluid.

The hospitals include the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Hospital official Charles O’Mara says the data was collected two years ago. He says the hospital has been working hard since then to reduce the risk.

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Online:

CMMS on hospital-acquired conditions: https://go.cms.gov/1ANCx6t

https://go.cms.gov/1vbYFDb

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Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, https://www.clarionledger.com

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