Federal Government Penalizes MetroWest Medical For High Rate of Patient Infections and Injuries

FRAMINGHAM – MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham was among nine Massachusetts hospitals cited by the federal government for having a high rate of patient infections and injuries.

In total, 751 hospitals nationwide were citied in a report and will face penalities.

MetroWest Medical Center and the 750 other hospitals will see a 1 percent reduction in their Medicare payments through September 2018, due to the high rate of patient infections and injuries.

Framingham Source contacted MetroWest Medical Center for comment yesterday. No response was received by 8 a.m. today.

Other Eastern Massachusetts hospitals cited included Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Nashoba Valley Medical Center, and Lawrence General Hospital.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ranks every hospital based on quality measures and cuts Medicare payments to those that rank in the bottom quarter. The rankings are based on rates of certain types of infections, such as infections at surgical sites or infections related to catheters.

 

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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