Vidant Medical Center Penalized for Infection Rates

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Photo of doctors performing surgeryA 60-year-old woman from Greenville sustained a massive infection and had to be placed in a medically induced coma after a surgeon pierced her bowel during a hernia operation. After her surgery, doctors did not notice the infection for several days.

Starting in October, Vidant Medical Center and hundreds of other hospitals will lose one percent of every Medicare payment they receive. The year-long penalty is part of a national crackdown on patient care to encourage hospitals to prioritize patient safety.

Medicare uses dozens of metrics, including bedsores, hip fractures, and medication errors, to determine which hospitals are giving the best care. The government agency also considers the infection rate for patients receiving intravenous treatment and patients using catheters.

Critics of the law believe that some hospitals could be at an unfair disadvantage, including academic centers and hospitals serving a higher volume of patients. Others believe that hospitals trying to be vigilant could be penalized for reporting higher rates.


Edwards & Edwards, L.L.P. – Greenville Personal Injury Attorneys