healthcare acquired infections

Medicare is preparing to penalize about 750 hospitals that have the highest rates of infections and patient injuries. The sanctions, estimated to total $330 million over a year, will kick in at a time when most infections and accidents in hospitals are on the decline, but still too common.

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The Missouri Hospital Association said Missouri has reduced healthcare acquired infections for a number of years now.

Missouri Hospital Association Spokesperson Dave Dillon said for more than a decade they have been trying to create programs which lessen the chances for infectious mistakes in healthcare settings.

"When you’re cognizant of what you are doing you can reduce the type of steps that can cause an infection," Dillon said. "So, we’ve continued to see those rates move downward as hospitals have adopted those.”