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Negligence – Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSI) significantly increase hospital profit margin

The average profit margin for a hospital to treat an infected patient is $ 55,000 while the margin to treat a similar patient without infection is just $ 6,500 according to a recent study from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine published in the American Journal of Medical Quality.

Hospitals lose on average $14,000 per patient when the bill is paid by Medicare or Medicaid but when the bill is paid by private insurance the hospital makes on average a margin of $216,000 per patient before expenses.

The study demonstrates that it is in the financial interest of private insurers to help hospitals find ways to reduce the number of CLABSI infections.