Urology / Nephrology photo Hospitals Are Penalized For Some Common Hospital Acquired Infections

09/22/2012 - 12:30

A study by the University of Michigan shows a Medicare policy that withholds excess payments for catheter-associated urinary tract infections during hospital stays, seldom changes payments. In 2008, this Medicare policy, aimed at cutting costs and improving care, stopped paying hospitals extra to treat preventable hospital-obtained UTIs. Infections included those obtained after a catheter had been put in place. U-M authors say that this policy is using inaccurate data for identifying these complications.