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Report: Area hospitals face Medicare payment cuts

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Sixty-five Wisconsin hospitals could get federal penalties if they don't reduce high rates of treatment related complications, infections, and patient injuries.

The Janesville Gazette uncovered the list, based on preliminary findings from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

St. Mary's Hospital of Janesville is on the list -- along with hospitals in virtually all parts of Wisconsin.

In the northeast part of Wisconsin, 12 hospitals are on the list:

  1. Appleton Medical Center -- Appleton
  2. Aurora Baycare Medical Center -- Green Bay
  3. Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County -- Two Rivers
  4. Aurora Medical Center -- Oshkosh
  5. Bay Area Medical Center -- Marinette
  6. Bellin Memorial Hospital -- Green Bay
  7. Holy Family Memorial -- Manitowoc
  8. Mercy Medical Center -- Oshkosh
  9. St. Agnes Hospital -- Fond du Lac
  10. St. Elizabeth Hospital -- Appleton
  11. St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center -- Green Bay
  12. St. Vincent Hospital -- Green Bay

A total of 761 U.S. hospitals could lose one percent of their Medicare reimbursements for the year starting in October, if their scores don't improve.

Kim Sveum of St. Mary's in Janesville said the final report will consider two years of data, from June of 2012 through July of this year -- and her hospital remains confident that once the expanded data is considered, its score will improve.

Sveum said small hospitals like St. Mary's could take a real hit with just one treatment related infection.

The penalties are part of the Obama health care law, and they're designed to improve patient safety and overall treatments.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)