'Never' Land

Carpenter, Dave
November 2007
H&HN: Hospitals & Health Networks;Nov2007, Vol. 81 Issue 11, p34
Trade Publication
This article reports that efforts to increase U.S. hospitals' accountability have prompted stricter payment policies for preventable medical errors and so-called never events. The government announced that Medicare will stop reimbursing for the cost of treating infections, falls, objects left surgical patients and certain other hospitals it says should not happen. Private insurers are almost certain to follow Medicare's lead. Concerns about the rule change are abundant, especially about the potential loss of revenue and extra costs. INSET: National Quality Forum's List.


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