U.S. government penalizes Texas hospitals for poor quality measure performance

 

Painter Law Firm attorneys represent patients injured by hospital-acquired infections, sepsis, and injuries

 
January 19, 2017

As a Texas medical malpractice lawyer, I have been alarmed at how often I see situations where a patient is injured while in the hospital. Patients go into the hospital to receive healthcare, but end up developing infections, bedsores and other types of injuries caused by poor doctor and hospital care.

The federal government realized that these medical and hospital errors were costing Medicare and Medicaid lots of extra money. As a result, the Affordable Care Act started the Hospital-Acquired Condition Program, which monitors infection and injury rates and hits the worst-performing hospitals where they feel it: their pocketbooks.

Each year, the Department of Health and Human Services identifies the 25 percent of hospitals with the worst performance on its list of quality measures. In 2016, 769 hospitals nationwide made this undesirable list, including 61 in Texas alone—you will probably recognize some of them. The complete list is below.

The penalized hospitals on this annual list are hit with Medicare and Medicaid funding cuts for failing to make the cut on quality measures that include: 

Pressure ulcer (bedsore) rate: These typically develop from a hospital providing the wrong type of bed, and nurses failing to turn patients regularly and using techniques to preserve skin integrity.

Iatrogenic pneumothorax rate: This is an abnormal collection of air around the lung, often caused by improper handling of a needle or catheter.

Central venous catheter-related bloodstream infection rate: This is often caused by poor technique during placement of a catheter, or a lack of monitoring it for signs of contamination or infection.

Postoperative hip fracture rate: These usually happen when doctors and nurses do not take precautions to help prevent a patient from falling.

Perioperative pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis rate: These blood clots most often develop when a patient is bedridden and the healthcare providers do not take preventive measures, like anti-clotting medication, assisting with walking and using compression stockings.

Postoperative sepsis rate: Nurses and doctors must be alert for the early signs of infections, to avoid development of the blood-born infection sepsis.

Postoperative wound dehiscence rate: This means a closed surgical incision or wound that it stitched up, but comes back open. These often develop with poor surgical technique, but also when the wound is not inspected regularly and treated, as needed.

Accidental puncture or laceration rate: This happens when a doctor or nurse makes and intended puncture or cut on a patient.

In 2017, there will be one more quality measure, for the first time:  The rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA is very often hospital-acquired, from the use of contaminated, non-sterile equipment or supplies.

If you or someone you care for has been harmed by these types of hospital errors, contact the Houston-based medical malpractice lawyers at Painter Law Firm for a complimentary consultation about your potential case.

Fiscal Year 2017 Hospital Acquired Conditions Reduction Program List

AMARILLO
Baptist St. Anthony’s Hospital 

ARANSAS PASS
Care Regional Medical Center 

ARLINGTON
Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital 

AUSTIN
St. David’s South Austin Medical Center 
University Medical Center at Brackenridge 

BEAUMONT
Baptist Beaumont Hospital 

BROWNSVILLE
Valley Regional Medical Center 

BRYAN
The Physicians Centre

CAMERON
Little River Healthcare Cameron Hospital 

CARROLLTON
Baylor Scott and White Medical Center Carrollton

COLLEGE STATION
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – College Station

CONROE
Aspire Behavioral Health of Conroe, LLC 

CORPUS CHRISTI
Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi Medical Center

CUERO
Cuero Community Hospital

DALLAS
Baylor Heart and Vascular Hospital 
Baylor University Medical Center 
Methodist Charlton Medical Center 
Parkland Health and Hospital System 
UT Southwestern University Hospital of Dallas

DENTON
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital 
The Heart Hospital Baylor 

EL CAMPO
El Campo Memorial Hospital

EL PASO
University Medical Center of El Paso 

FLORESVILLE
Connally Memorial Medical Center 

FORT WORTH
Baylor Scott and White All Saints Medical Center 
JPS Health Network 
Medical Center of Alliance 
Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth 

FRISCO
Baylor Scott and White Medical Center Centennial 

GRAND PRAIRIE
Texas General Hospital 

GRAPEVINE
Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Grapevine

HAMILTON
Hamilton General Hospital 

HEREFORD
Hereford Regional Medical Center 

HOUSTON
CHI St. Luke’s Health Baylor College of Medicine 
Doctors Hospital Tidwell 
Hopebridge Hospital
Methodist Hospital
St. Luke’s Hospital at the Vintage 
Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center 

IRVING
Baylor Medical Center at Irving 

KINGSVILLE
Christus Spohn Hospital Kleberg 

LEVELLAND
Covenant Hospital Levelland 

LUBBOCK
Lubbock Heart Hospital LP 

MIDLAND
Midland Memorial Hospital

MISSION
Mission Regional Medical Center 

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS
North Hills Hospital 

PASADENA
Bayshore Medical Center 

PLANO
Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano

ROUND ROCK
Seton Medical Center Williamson

SAN ANTONIO
Christus Santa Rosa Hospital 
Methodist Stone Oak Hospital 
Nix Health Care System 
Southwest General Hospital 
University Health System 

SEYMOUR
Seymour Hospital

SHENANDOAH
AD Hospital East, LLC
Emil J Freireich Cancer Center 

SUGAR LAND
Sugar Land Surgical Hospital LLP 

THE WOODLANDS
St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital 

TEXARKANA
Wadley Regional Medical Center 

Robert Painter

Robert Painter is an attorney and member of Painter Law Firm PLLC.

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