PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Four Pittsburgh hospitals are among 32 hospitals in the state and more than 700 hospitals nationwide to be penalized for high rates of patient injuries in 2017.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: Afternoon Rain Chances After Morning Rounds Of Severe Weather
Kaiser Health News reports that 751 hospitals have been hit with safety penalties for 2018, meaning those hospitals will lose 1 percent of Medicare payments from October 2017 through the end of September 2018.
The four Pittsburgh hospitals that landed on the list were Allegheny General Hospital, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside, UPMC St. Margaret and West Penn Hospital. All four of those hospitals were also penalized last year.READ MORE: Driver Taken To Hospital After Crashing Car Over Embankment Along Rt. 51 In Fayette County
Twenty-eight other hospitals in Pennsylvania were penalized, including Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Heritage Valley Sewickley, Indiana Regional Medical Center and Jefferson Hospital in Jefferson Hills.
According to Kaiser Health News, “the program is designed as a financial incentive for hospitals to avoid infections and other mishaps, such as blood clots and bedsores.”MORE NEWS: Steelers Launching Fireworks Program To Make Sure Fans Get Into Heinz Field In Time For Kickoff
The full list of penalized hospitals can be found here: khn.org/news/751-hospitals-hit-with-safety-penalties-for-2018-data-table/