SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Three Savannah hospitals are getting slammed with federal penalties: Memorial Health, St. Joseph's Hospital, and Candler Hospital.
It's for being in the bottom 25 percent of hospitals in terms of hospital-acquired conditions. This falls under a 2014 Affordable Care Act mandate. As a result, these hospitals will be hit with a 1 percent reduction in Medicare payments.
Memorial Health and St. Joseph's/Candler say this isn't a simple situation because they are not being graded on how well they do but rather how well they do in relation to all other hospitals, which they say is not comparing apples to apples.
These three hospitals take the sickest of the sick, not just in Savannah but in our region. So, the medical conditions of their patients are often far more complicated than what other hospitals can handle.
Also, they say many transferred patients have the very conditions they are being penalized for, before ever being admitted to their facilities.
While they don't want to lose the funding they say their top priority is always the patient's well-being.
Memorial Health issued the following response:
St. Joseph's/Candler also issued the following statement in response:
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