DETROIT — Three Detroit hospitals are among 20 Michigan facilities to lose some Medicare funding due to high infection rates this year.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ranked the hospitals by comparing rates of hospital-acquired surgical site infections, central line-associated blood stream infections, catheter-associated infections and other conditions associated with health care, and those that scored higher than 6.75 lost some funding, The Detroit News reported (http://detne.ws/2bQBUCI ) Wednesday.

Sinai-Grace scored an 8.5. Harper University Hospital’s score was 8.25, while Detroit Receiving had 7.7. They were all docked 1 percent of Medicare funding as a result.

The hospitals are part of the Detroit Medical Center, which said the ratings don’t reflect the hospitals’ current performance.

“The DMC has been involved in state and national health system initiatives to implement best practices, which have led to reductions in central line and catheter-associated infections,” spokeswoman Melanie Moss said in a statement. “Additionally, our medical staff has implemented several local initiatives to reduce preventable conditions.”

“We continue to work toward a goal of zero preventable conditions,” Moss added.

Three hospitals in the state had scores of one. Sparrow Carson Hospital, located about 50 miles northwest of Lansing in Carson City, had the highest and worst score of 10.

The Detroit News said Sparrow Health System would not comment on the Sparrow Carson Hospital score.

The newspaper reported last week that the Detroit Medical Center admitted unclean surgical tools have caused problems and sometimes forced doctors to delay procedures, including heart surgery on a 7-month-old girl.

Detroit Medical Center Chief Administration Officer Conrad Mallett said the problems have affected five hospitals and have to be fixed. An Alabama-based company was hired in May to manage the sterilization department.


Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/