Three of NH’s Larger Hospitals to Be Penalized for Hospital Acquired Errors

Dartmouth-Hitchcock in Lebanon and Eliot Hospital and Catholic Medical Center in Manchester were the three hospitals named in the recently released federal report of the nation’s hospitals that will be penalized by Medicare for failing to protect patients from avoidable hospital medical errors. As a result, in the fiscal year starting next October, the feds will penalize those three hospitals one percent of their Medicare payments. The errors that are part of the report include falls, bed sores, and hospital infections from catheters.