Hospitals are an important piece of our health care industry, and they
play an important role in treating patients who often require serious
or immediate care. While we can’t expect hospitals to successfully
treat every patient all of the time, we can certainly expect them to take
reasonable measures in protecting patients from preventable harm –
it’s their legal duty. Unfortunately, two hospitals in Philadelphia
fell short in that regard.
According to recently released data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services (CMS), two Philadelphia hospitals are being penalized for excessively
high rates of infections and injuries among patients treated at those
facilities. Albert Einstein Medical Center in North Philadelphia and Pennsylvania
Hospital in City Center are among more than 750 health care facilities
nationwide being penalized through a program established under the Affordable
Care Act (the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program), which was
designed to decrease preventable injuries, infections, and blood clots
in the American health care system. Under that program, facilities like
Pennsylvania Hospital and Albert Einstein Medical Center will receive
reductions in Medicare payments.
Penalties against hospitals that fail to keep injury and infection rates
at an acceptable level are important for the public. According to data,
Pennsylvania Hospital was previously penalized last year. Although the
facility is a teaching hospital and cares for a large percentage of patients
with complex conditions, penalties are based on different formulas that
take patient conditions and outcomes into close considerable. Penalties
were also assessed against several other Pennsylvania hospitals, including
Lancaster Regional, Pottstown Memorial, Phoenixville Hospital, Einstein
Medical Center Montgomery, and OSS Orthopaedic Hospital in York.
Victims of Medical Negligence: Know Your Rights
While data from CMS does not indicate how many cases of injuries or illnesses led to
medical malpractice claims being filed against these facilities, it does suggest that many
instances could and should have been prevented. Hospitals and the health
care professionals who work there have a legal duty to treat patients
in accordance to accepted standards of their field, and they can be held
accountable for negligence and errors that amount to substandard care
and cause preventable harm.
For patients who suffer injuries or infections while in a hospital, it
can be difficult to determine when treating nurses, doctors, or other
professionals failed to meet their duty of care. As such, working with
an experienced medical malpractice lawyer can be vital when victims wish
to better understand their rights, determine if medical negligence played
a role in causing their injuries, and whether or not they have a case.
At Shrager & Sachs, our legal team has over 80 years of collective
experience fighting for victims who have suffered preventable harm and
losses, including those injured as a result of medical negligence –
in cases ranging from
birth injuries and
cancer misdiagnosis to
emergency room errors,
medication errors, and
surgical injuries. If you wish to discuss a potential case anywhere in Philadelphia or the
state of Pennsylvania, our legal team is here to help!
Contact us for a free consultation.