Medicare Finds a High Rate of Injuries at Georgia Hospitals

Medicare Finds a High Rate of Injuries at Georgia Hospitals
Jan 9, 2018

According to a recent article published by Georgia Health News, Medicare will penalize 35% of Georgia hospitals in 2018 with a reduction in Medicare payments due to their high rates of patient injury. In fact, further investigation by Kaiser Health News revealed Georgia to be one of the worst states when it came to high rate of patient injuries, having a higher percentage of patient injuries than all but five other states.

The list of penalized healthcare providers in Georgia included hospitals such as Grady Memorial, Phoebe Putney Hospital in Southwest Georgia, Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown, and Piedmont Hospital.  You can find a full list of penalized hospitals here.

Medicare takes steps such as this in order to promote patient safety. At the Warshauer Woodward Atkins, we often see people who come out of the hospital in worse shape than when they went in. Surgical errors, negligent nursing care, and poor communication between providers and infections are just some of the sources behind cases we handle that arise in the hospital setting.

If you or a loved one suffered harm because of medical malpractice in a hospital setting, please call the Warshauer Woodward Atkins at (404) 609-1563 for a free case review.