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CMS finalizes policy for non-payment of three medical errors

Accreditation Connection, January 30, 2009

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized changes, originally proposed in fall 2008, which will end payment for three types of medical errors.

The new policy would prevent payment for surgical errors involving the wrong procedure (surgical or invasive), wrong body part, or wrong patient. The non-payment policy is effective immediately, according to the CMS announcement.

All three of these medical errors have been identified by the National Quality Forum as “Serious Reportable Events.”

Additional information on the policies can be found on the Web at the following CMS links:

 

 

  • Wrong procedure
  • Wrong part
  • Wrong patient

     

     

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