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Two dozen Michigan hospitals penalized due to high number of infections

Two dozen hospitals in the state, including three in northern Michigan, are on the lowest health rankings due to a high number of patient infections.

Two dozen hospitals in the state, including three in northern Michigan, are on the lowest health rankings due to a high number of patient infections.

The Economic Alliance for Michigan is concerned over the number of Michigan hospitals being penalized for hospital acquired conditions by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The conditions include ulcers, bloodstream infections, surgical site infections and urinary-tract infections.

As part of the Affordable Care Act, the law requires the lowest ranking one-quarter of hospitals in the country to be penalized. These hospitals will see their Medicare payments reduced by 1-percent in 2016.

The goal of the program is to hold hospitals accountable for hospital acquired infections and to shift hospitals into a thought process of giving higher quality and care performance, rather than higher volume of services.

"When a patient acquires a new infection while in the hospital, it costs taxpayers, patients and employers more money," said Bret Jackson, president of the EAM. "We encourage patients and caregivers to research which hospital is safest for them. Another great source for this is the Hospital Safety Score."

The 24 Michigan hospitals in the bottom quartile nationally are:

Borgess Medical Center/Kalamazoo

Carson City Hospital/Carson City

DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital/Detroit

DMC Harper University Hospital/Detroit

DMC Sinai-Grace/Detroit

Doctor's Hospital of Michigan/Pontiac

Genesys Regional Medical Center/Grand Blanc

Henry Ford Macomb/Clinton Township

Hurley Medical Center/Flint

McLaren Flint/Flint

McLaren Macomb/Mt. Clemens

Mercy Health St. Mary's/Grand Rapids

MidMichigan Center-Clare/Clare

North Ottawa Community Health Center/Grand Haven

Oaklawn Hosptial/Marshall

Oakwood Hospital/Dearborn

Promedica Monroe Regional/Monroe

Spectrum Health Big Rapids/Big Rapids

Spectrum Health Butterworth/Grand Rapids

St. Joseph Mercy Oakland/Pontiac

St. Joseph Mercy Port Huron/Port Huron

Tawas St. Joseph Hospital/Tawas City

Three Rivers Hospital/Three Rivers

West Branch Regional Medical Center/West Branch

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