In addition to Christus in Santa Fe, the New Mexico hospitals that will be assessed a penalty are University of New Mexico Hospital, Presbyterian Medical Center in Albuquerque, Gallup Indian Medical Center, Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo and Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock.
Christus St. Vincent spokesman Arturo Delgado said the new rankings are better than previous years and the Santa Fe hospital has a better overall star rank on Medicare's "Hospital Compare" website than either Presbyterian or UNM.
Holy Name Medical Center has been given a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for overall quality, one of only five hospitals in NY and New Jersey and the only hospital in Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, Essex and Union Counties to achieve that rating. CMS is putting less emphasis on certain measures as well, including patient experience, while putting more weight on readmissions and timeliness of care.
Dan Jones, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of St. Francis Hospital said St. Francis is incredibly proud of this achievement. Less than five percent of the state's hospitals achieved 5 stars.
Created under the ACA, the HAC Reduction Program aims to prevent harm to patients by providing a financial incentive for hospitals to prevent hospital-acquired conditions. Slightly more than one-third of all hospitals in the report received just 2 stars.