Lake County’s 3 hospitals penalized by Medicare

This might sound scary losing some Medicare money but if you think about it your loved ones or you being dead or seriously injured is scarier.

I have been a patient in one and family members in another, the last is too far from but looks like the same results, shoddy work.

31 hospitals in Florida alone need to clean up their act!

Lake County’s three hospitals are among 721 medical facilities across the nation being penalized by Medicare for having high rates of potentially avoidable mistakes that can harm patients, known as “hospital-acquired conditions,” according to a report by Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service that focuses on healthcare policy.

Florida Hospital Waterman in Tavares, Leesburg Regional Medical Center in Leesburg, and South Lake Hospital in Clermont were among 31 hospitals in Florida on the list facing Medicare penalties.

According to the report, the penalized hospitals will have their Medicare payments reduced by 1 percent over the fiscal year that runs from October 2014 through September 2015.

Kaiser Health News reported that all of the penalized hospitals were evaluated by Medicare on three types of hospital-acquired conditions: Central-line associated bloodstream infections, or CLABSIs; catheter-associated urinary tract infections, or CAUTIs; and serious complications based on eight types of injuries, including blood clots, bed sores and falls.


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