The US government is cutting 1 percent of Medicare payments to eight local hospitals in fiscal year 2018 for high rates of patient injuries: Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, Eden Medical Center, Highland Hospital, John Muir Medical Center in Concord, John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Walnut Creek, Stanford Health Care–Valleycare in Pleasanton, and Washington Hospital. Nationwide, 751 hospitals were assessed these penalties. To read the full story, go to Kaiser Health News at