Memorial Healthcare Responds to Recent Kaiser Health News Report

December 28, 2016

Memorial Healthcare responds to the recent report released by Kaiser Health News, “Latest Hospital Injury Penalties Include Crackdown on Antibiotic Resistant Germs.”

According to Brian Long, President and CEO of Memorial Healthcare, “Memorial Healthcare has been working diligently in addressing the unique factors that can contribute to hospital readmissions, hospital-acquired conditions, patient safety indicators and hospital-acquired infections.”

“While many of the processes reflected in this report have already improved, we welcome these comparisons and use them to help guide us in our ongoing efforts to eliminate harm to any of our patients,” adds Long.

Nationally, hospital-acquired conditions declined by 21 percent between 2010 and 2015.

“Our concern is the way the CMS is measuring these improvements. The data that is being presented is historical data — it is not an accurate snapshot of what is really happening at Memorial Healthcare. Additionally, CMS, as reflected in the Kaiser Health News report, seems to be more focused on whether the patient had the condition prior to arriving at the hospital, rather than the actual treatment of the patient in the healthcare facility,” says Long.

A recent CMS report showed Memorial Healthcare outperformed most of the hospitals in the region for infection prevention. Furthermore, in the most recent CMS Hospital Compare report, Memorial Healthcare shows no difference in hospital acquired infections from the national average.

Based on information brought forward by CMS in 2014 regarding the current reimbursement changes, Memorial Healthcare renewed its efforts on improving metrics to benefit the health of its patients including, but not limited to, increased hand hygiene compliance, updating cleaning and disinfecting procedures, introducing UV light technology, antibiotic stewardship, and early detection of community-acquired infections like C-diff.

“The economic impact of the cut in Medicare reimbursement is not insignificant; however, we remain dedicated to implementing new strategies to directly address patient safety and patient satisfaction,” concludes Long.