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Wisconsin hospitals could face penalties

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MADISON (WKOW)-- Hospitals all over Wisconsin could face federal penalties for high rates of infections and complications.

The Janesville Gazette said Wednesday that St. Mary’s hospital in Janesville is among the many on the list, as is Meriter and UW Hospitals and Clinics in Madison.

Other hospitals include ones in Appleton, Wausau, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Madison, La Crosse, Rhinelander and Racine.

The list, which was compiled by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, includes 761 hospitals across the nation that could be penalized.

Those that continue to have poor scores by October will lose 1 percent of their Medicare payments from October through September of 2015.

Meriter Hospital in Madison is among those on the list. Leah Hiubregtse, a spokesperson for Meriter, tells 27 News they have programs in place to reduce infection rates.

"We take patient injuries and infections extremely seriously and are constantly working to improve," Hiubregtse said in a statement to 27 News. "We have programs specifically around surgical site, bloodstream and urinary catheter infections, and we are confident these will lower our rates moving forward."


Hiubregtse says the hospital has a multidisciplinary team that has increased staff accountability, and that they've also increased prevention efforts around hand hygiene and education for both staff and patients. She says because of those efforts, the hospital has had no Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections in 2014.

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