Healthcare organizations begin the battle to fight back against superbugs.

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Our friends over at Pennock Hospital begin a new chapter with Spectrum Health!

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In its toughest crackdown yet on medical errors, the federal government is cutting payments to 721 hospitals for having high rates of infections and other patient injuries, records released Thursday show.

Medicare assessed these new penalties against some of the most renowned hospitals in the nation, including the Cleveland Clinic, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa.

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One out of every seven hospitals in the nation will have their Medicare payments lowered by 1 percent over the fiscal year that began Oct. 1 and continues through September 2015. The health law mandates the reductions for the quarter of hospitals that Medicare assessed as having the highest rates of “hospital-acquired conditions,” or HACs.  These conditions include infections from catheters, blood clots, bed sores and other complications that are considered avoidable.

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — There was a sharp increase in the number of flu cases in Kent County this week.

So far this season, there have been 74 confirmed cases of the flu reported to the Kent County Health Department. Last week, the total number of cases was 40.

“We’ve really seen an uptick in flu cases and flu-like illness over the past week here,” Kent County epidemiologist Brian Hartl said.

Hartl said the health department knows that last week, 10.3% of all admissions to the emergency rooms at area hospitals were due to flu or flu-like symptoms. That’s up from 7.7% the week before. Hartl said that number is well above last year’s peak at this time.

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Providing an excellent patient experience is tied more closely than ever to reimbursements.

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Progressive Building Services is a member of the Holland and Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce.

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