Case Management

Where case management sits in the POA puzzle

Case Management Monthly, September 1, 2008

$23,772: That's the projected average annual loss per hospital starting October 1, when Medicare stops reimbursing hospitals for eight types of medical errors, according to a recent study by Thompson Publishing. CMS launched a nationwide effort to prevent hospital-acquired conditions (HAC) in October 2007, requiring hospitals to report whether predetermined conditions were present at the time of a patient's admission. Although facilities have had one year to correct any flaws, the pressure to report accurately on these diagnoses increases October 1, when Medicare will no longer reimburse a higher-paying MS-DRG if a selected HAC was not present on admission (POA).

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