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South Florida hospitals will feel the pinch for patient safety problems

 
FILE--A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Helicopter, of Air Rescue 2, takes off after the crew attended the first anniversary celebration of Kendall Regional Medical Center's provisional level II trauma center at the center's main lobby on Nov. 13, 2012. This fall, Medicare will reduce payments to hospitals with poor patient safety performance ? part of a new program under the Affordable Care Act. Among the 31 Florida hospitals at risk of having their payments reduced, seven are in South Florida, the data shows. Of those, two were among the 10 hospitals with the highest penalty scores in the state ? Broward Health Coral Springs and Kendall Regional Medical Center.

This fall, Medicare will reduce payments to hospitals with poor patient safety performance — part of a new program under the Affordable Care Act.

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