US Medicare will stop paying for preventable errors

Brooks, Janet
October 2007
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;10/9/2007, Vol. 177 Issue 8, p841
Academic Journal
The article reports on the efficiency of Medicare to alleviate paying U.S. hospitals for 8 preventable medical errors caused by their own negligence commencing in October 2008. The new payment guidelines are part of a 3-year effort by Medicare, the largest health care payer in the U.S. This is intended to improve care for elderly and disabled Americans. Under guidelines, Medicare will no longer pay hospitals to retrieve objects, such as sponges or surgical tools, left in patients after surgery or to treat problems arising from air embolisms or incompatible blood transfusions.


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