Lower federal funding for Hanover Hospital

David Weissman
  • Hanover Hospital landed in bottom quarter of hospitals for Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HAC) score.
  • Under ACA, Hanover Hospital will receive reduced federal funding due to poor score.
  • Memorial Hospital had been in bottom quarter previous two years, but not this past year.

Hanover Hospital will receive a slight reduction in its 2017 federal funding due to a high prevalence of hospital-acquired conditions.

A section of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act established the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, effective in 2015, according to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Under the program, hospitals that score among the worst-performing quartile in the nation with respect to HAC quality measures will lose 1 percent of the amount CMS would pay them for patient discharges.

Hanover Hospital was one of 38 in the state and 769 in the nation to fall into this category for 2017, according to CMS.

Hospitals are given adjusted scores based on numerous factors including number of health-care-associated infections and size of the hospital.

This year, any hospital with an adjusted score above 6.57 was subject to payment reduction, according to CMS, and Hanover Hospital received a score of 6.68. It was the first year the hospital appeared in the bottom quartile nationally.

A hospital spokeswoman did not respond to questions regarding what led to the high score or corrective measures in place to reduce it in the future.

Memorial Hospital, in Spring Garden Township, was in the bottom quartile for 2015 and 2016, but it was able to get off the list with a score of 5.26 this past year.

Memorial spokesman Jason McSherry said the hospital couldn't point to one single factor in lowering its score because it has a number of programs and protocols in place aimed at strengthening patient care.

Memorial Hospital, which is in the process of constructing a new location in West Manchester Township, is committed to continue improvement, McSherry said.

McSherry could not immediately identify how much funding the hospital had lost during the last two years as a result of the reductions.

York Hospital, which scored 5.74, and OSS Health, which scored 3.70, have never been subject to reduced funding under the program, according to CMS records.

Full scores for every hospital nationally can be accessed through www.medicare.gov.

— Reach David Weissman at dweissman@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @DispatchDavid.