MUSC losing funding over federal report findings

MUSC losing funding over federal report findings

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Lowcountry hospital is facing cuts after a federal report found too many infections and avoidable mistakes.

The Medical University of South Carolina is one of 13 hospitals in South Carolina set to lose 1% of its Medicare reimbursements for an entire fiscal year.

MUSC is the only Charleston area hospital facing penalties, but others in the state include Beaufort County Memorial Hospital, The Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg and Calhoun and Conway Medical Center in Horry County.

A federal report released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services scored more than 700 hospitals across the United States.

It looked at the number of infections caused by tubes that pump medicine and fluid. It also scores on the number of blood clots, bed sores and falls.

The South Carolina Hospital Association issued a response to the penalty, calling it an imperfect snapshot of patient safety.

They said the data only looks at patients covered by Medicare and Medicaid, and also say the data used was more than a year old.

An MUSC spokesperson said in this particular report "academic medical centers had more complications than other centers. This is in large part due to the high degree of patient complexity that centers like MUSC see on a daily basis."

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