Twenty One Illinois Hospitals Punished by Medicare for Patient Safety Issues

For five years, the Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC) Reduction Program has aimed to cut down on hospital-acquired injuries and infections by reducing Medicare reimbursements to facilities who rank in the bottom fourth of hospitals with patients who develop these conditions. Hospitals who scored in the bottom quarter will have their Medicare reimbursements slashed by 1% for all patient discharges from October 2018-September 2019.

Penalized Hospitals Have Highest Number of Avoidable Infections & Injuries
The information used to evaluate and penalize hospitals is obtained from a federal organization, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Each year, the group assesses the number of hospital patients who suffer an avoidable injury or infection while hospitalized.

The HAC Reduction Program evaluates hospitals using two separate domains. The first is comprised of 10 hospital-acquired conditions, while the second domain is specifically related to hospital-acquired infections. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the specific conditions and infections are as follows:

Domain 1 (conditions):

  • Pressure Ulcer rate (also known as bedsores)
  • Iatrogenic Pneumothorax Rate (lung injury obtained from a medical mistake)
  • In-Hospital Fall With Hip Fracture Rate
  • Perioperative Hemorrhage or Hematoma Rate
  • Postoperative Acute Kidney Injury Rate
  • Postoperative Respiratory Failure Rate
  • Perioperative Pulmonary Embolism (PE) or Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Rate
  • Postoperative Sepsis Rate
  • Postoperative Wound Dehiscence (split) Rate
  • Unrecognized Abdominopelvic Accidental Puncture/Laceration Rate

Domain 2 (infections):

  • Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI)
  • Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)
  • Surgical Site Infection (SSI) – colon and hysterectomy
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia
  • Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI)

Nearly 20% of Illinois Hospitals Rank in Bottom Quarter
This year, 126 Illinois hospitals were evaluated. Hospitals that are exempt are Veterans Hospitals, Freestanding Pediatric Hospitals, Psychiatric Hospitals, and those deemed “Critical Access” hospitals, or those without any competition nearby.

Out of these 126 Illinois hospitals, twenty one facilities will see their October 2018-September 2019 Medicare reimbursements cut by 1%.

Eleven of these hospitals also placed in the bottom fourth of hospitals last year. The hospital and the city in which the hospital is located are listed below. Hospitals also penalized last year are marked with a * symbol.

Hospital Name City
Franciscan Health Olympia & Chicago Heights* Olympia Fields
Genesis Health System Silvis
Iroquois Memorial Hospital* Watseka
Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital* Dixon
Little Company Of Mary Hospital* Evergreen Park
Louis A Weiss Memorial Hospital* Chicago
Mercy Hospital And Medical Center* Chicago
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital* Lake Forest
Northwestern Memorial Hospital* Chicago
Ottawa Regional Hospital & Healthcare Center Ottawa
Pekin Memorial Hospital Pekin
Richland Memorial Hospital Olney
Saint Anthony Medical Center* Rockford
Saint James Hospital Pontiac
Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center* Mattoon
South Shore Hospital Chicago
St Mary Medical Center Galesburg
Swedish Covenant Hospital Chicago
The Carle Foundation Hospital* Urbana
Thorek Memorial Hospital Chicago
University Of Illinois Hospital Chicago

To view data from past years, please click here.

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Hospital-acquired infections and conditions such as bedsores, hip fractures, sepsis, and many others are often avoidable. These problems can also contribute or cause a patient’s death.

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