Norman health system penalized for infections; rates already improving

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NORMAN, Okla. – When you go to the hospital, you probably think you are going to get better quickly.

However, a local hospital was penalized for causing too many common  infections in patients.

According to the Norman Transcript, the Norman Regional Health System was financially penalized for having too many Catheter Associated Urinary Tract infections, Central Line Associated Bloodstream infections and surgical site infections.

The health system was hit with a reduction of Medicare payments by about $550,500.

Hospital officials told the Norman Transcript that they have already implemented new protocol to prevent infections.

“Those rates have improved since the report that came out for the federal fiscal year 2016,” said NRHS Director of Quality and Service Improvement Jenny Anderson.

Officials do not believe the hospital will be penalized next year.

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