South Georgia hospitals lose Medicare funding

South Georgia hospitals lose Medicare funding

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Tift Regional Medical Center, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Crisp Regional and South Georgia Medical Center in Nashville are four of 30 hospitals statewide facing fines.

Medicare will reduce their funding by one percent due to high infection rates and other complications.

The sanctions are based on 2013 data and one official says all South Georgia hospitals are now in compliance.

"Sure there are hospitals out there that needed upgrading. That's why we have to invest the monies that we take in. We have to reinvest it in the hospitals, to be in compliance."

Nationally, 758 hospitals are facing the federal penalties, totaling $364 million in annual Medicare revenue loss.

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