Four Northeast Indiana Hospitals to Lose Federal Funding

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): 758 hospitals will lose a little federal funding next year because they reported more hospital-acquired conditions than other hospitals, and four of them are in Northeast Indiana.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will reduce reimbursements to Lutheran Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, Bluffton Regional Medical Center and Parkview Whitley by 1-percent, according to the Journal-Gazette. Besides Parkview Whitley, the other three hospitals are part of the Lutheran Health Network.

Hospital-acquired conditions are problems that happen during a patient's stay at a hospital, ranging from bedsores to blood clots. The Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program was established with the passing of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. 

This year's cuts as a result of the program will save the federal government $364 million, according to Medicare estimates. It's not known what the local hospitals will lose.