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CMS proposes no longer paying for wrong site, patient, or surgery cases

Accreditation Connection, December 4, 2008

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued several proposed decision memos this month indicating it will not pay for wrong site/patient/surgery cases.

The CMS will accept comments on the proposed changes until January 1, 2009. The National Safety Forum considers these types of incidents serious reportable events.

The proposed decision memos can be found on the CMS Web site at the following links:

Surgery on the Wrong Body Part

Surgery on the Wrong Patient

Wrong Surgery Performed on a Patient

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