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Are no-pay rules for never events punishing hospitals?

Accreditation Connection, January 15, 2009

When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would no longer reimburse hospitals for preventable medical errors (or “never events”) the government agency received positive feedback on its plan. But has the plan to refuse to cover medical errors gone too far? This is the question presented by Kevin Pho, MD, in a recent op-ed piece for USA Today.

CMS went too far, Pho says, by including “reasonably preventable” conditions such as patient falls and hospital-acquired infections. Penalizing hospitals for events which may be impossible to fully prevent could have unintended consequences, such as driving up the cost of healthcare.

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