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11 Kansas Hospitals Penalized For Rates of Infections

Associated Press - January 8, 2015 6:58 pm

A special state task force says treatment options for the mentally ill in Kansas are lacking because the state's two acute care psychiatric hospitals don't have enough space and smaller mental health facilities are underfunded.

Eleven Kansas hospitals are among hundreds nationwide that have been penalized for having high rates of infections or patient injuries.

Medicare reimbursements at the hospitals will be reduced by 1 percent during the fiscal year that began Oct.1, 2014.

The Hutchinson News reports Medicare evaluated 51 Kansas hospitals and 40, or 78.4 percent, were not penalized.

Kansas hospitals penalized were Hutchinson Regional Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, South Central Kansas Medical Center in Arkansas City, Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington, Menorah Medical Center in Overland Park, Miami County Medical Center in Paola, Saint John Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita, the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Saint Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park and Coffeyville Regional Medical Center.

(Information from: The Hutchinson News)

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