Christus Santa Rosa Hospital San Antonio medical malpractice attorney/lawyer

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services penalized Christus Santa Rosa Hospital San Antonio for 2016-2017 & 2017-2018

 
March 20, 2018

As a medical malpractice attorney based in Houston, Texas, I handle lawsuits all over the State of Texas, including in the San Antonio area.

Christus Santa Rosa Health System, in the San Antonio area

The Christus Santa Rosa Health System is a division of Christus Health. It traces its roots to 1869, and, as a whole, has 1,159 licensed hospital beds and five full-service hospitals.

The Christus Santa Rosa Health System includes The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, Christus Santa Rosa Hospital Alamo Heights, Christus Santa Rosa Hospital Medical Center, Christus Santa Rosa Hospital New Braunfels, Christus Santa Rosa Hospital Westover Hills, Christus Santa Rosa Emergency Center Alon, Christus Santa Rosa Emergency Center Bandera, Christus Santa Rosa Emergency Center Creekside, Christus Transplant Institute, and Christus Santa Rosa Physicians Ambulatory Surgery Centers.

Christus Santa Rosa Hospital Medical Center offers services including geriatric care, wound care, bone and joint, cancer, diabetes care, digestive health (gastroenterology/GI), an emergency room, heart/cardiac, and intensive care unit (ICU), diagnostic imaging and radiology, primary care, robotic surgery, stroke care, urgent care, and women’s care.

Christus Santa Rosa Hospital Alamo Heights offers services including breast care, colorectal and gastrointestinal surgery, cosmetic surgery (plastic surgery), ear, nose, and throat (ENT), general surgery, diagnostic radiology imaging, orthopedic surgery, primary care, robotic surgery, neurosurgery (spine and brain care), bariatric/weight-loss surgery, urgent care, and women’s care.

Christus Santa Rosa Hospital Westover Hills offers services including labor and delivery and child birth services, bone and joint surgery, breast care, children’s services (pediatrics), diabetes care, digestive health, an emergency room, family medicine, heart/cardiac care, and intensive care unit (ICU), diagnostic imaging and radiology, a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), pediatric emergency care, rehabilitation, robotic surgery, a sleep center, spine surgery, stroke care, urgent care, weight loss services, women’s care, and wound care.

Quality of Care Issues

In December 2017, the U.S. government penalized 751 hospitals, including Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, in San Antonio, for having the highest rates of patient injuries in America.

The penalties were assessed in the form of a 1% Medicare reimbursement rate reduction for 2017-2018, based on the federal Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program. Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, in San Antonio, was also penalized by the program in 2016-2017.

The purpose of the governmental program is to give hospital’s financial incentives to improve the quality of care delivered to patients in three specific areas of focus. First, infection rates from several procedures, like colon surgeries, hysterectomies, urinary tract catheters, and central line tubes. Second, infection rates of certain bacteria like methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Clostridium difficile (C-diff). Third, rates of 10 hospital-acquired injuries, including things like certain blood clots, sepsis, wound ruptures, and bedsores.

This robust program of oversight is administered by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and reviews data submitted by accredited hospitals nationwide. Penalties are assessed each year for all General Hospital ranking in the bottom 25% nationwide for performance in these categories.

As a former hospital administrator, I know that having a facility recognized on a negative list of this nature is unwanted. Christus Santa Rosa Hospital, in San Antonio, Texas, made the federal list of bottom-performers for two years in a row, which suggests that the hospital still has significant room to improve on these federally-defined indicators.

We are here to help

If you or someone you care for has been seriously injured from health care at a Christus Santa Rosa hospital or facility, the experienced medical malpractice lawyers at Painter Law Firm, in Houston, Texas, are here to help. Call for a free consultation at 281-580-8800.

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Robert Painter is a medical malpractice and wrongful death attorney at Painter Law Firm PLLC, in Houston, Texas. He is a former hospital administrator who represents patients and family members in lawsuits against hospitals, doctors, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other healthcare providers, throughout the State of Texas. In 2017, H Texas magazine recognized him as one of Houston’s top lawyers. In the same year, the Better Business Bureau honored Painter Law Firm PLLC with its Award of Distinction.

Robert Painter

Robert Painter is a medical malpractice lawyer at Painter Law Firm PLLC.

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