SMMC faces possible Medicare sanctions

Scenic Mountain Medical Center is one of more than 750 hospitals nationwide which have been targeted for potential Medicare sanctions because of unacceptably high rates of care-related infections.Starting in October, SMMC could possibly lose 1 percent of its Medicare payments as a results of the infection finding by the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program, which was created by federal law in 2010.Under the program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) assessed hospitals’ rates of infections in patients with catheters in major veins and their bladders as well as eight other patient injuries, including blood clots, bed sores and accidental falls.For more of this story, read Thursday's edition of the Herald.