Corporate Compliance

NCDs announced for three 'never events'

Healthcare Auditing Weekly, January 27, 2009

CMS announced national coverage determinations (NCDs) for three preventable errors identified in the National Quality Forum’s list of Serious Reportable Events.
 
These NCDs, effective immediately, establish uniform national policies that will prevent Medicare from paying for certain serious and preventable medical errors, according to a CMS press release.
 
According to the CMS press release, Medicare will not cover costs for these errors or any services related to these services:
  • Wrong surgical or other invasive procedures performed on a patient
  • Surgical or other invasive procedures performed on the wrong body part
  • Surgical or other invasive procedures performed on the wrong patient
“The national coverage policies for certain types of surgical errors are important steps for Medicare in working to reduce or eliminate their occurrence and their associated payments.” said CMS Acting Administrator Kerry Weems in the press release.  “These policies have the potential to reduce causes of serious illness or deaths to beneficiaries and reduce unnecessary costs to Medicare.”

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