By David Mittleman

Medicare recently posted nationwide hospital safety rankings on its website. In October 2014, as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Medicare program began reducing Medicare payments for hospitals that rank in the worst performing quartile of hospitals with respect to hospital-acquired conditions. For this year, 24 hospitals in Michigan will receive a reduction in payments from Medicare because they are in the lowest-performing quartile of hospitals. Examples include: foreign objects retained during surgery, air embolisms, blood incompatibility, pressure ulcers, falls, and several types of infection.

A hospital acquired condition is an undesirable situation or condition that affects …read more