Corporate Compliance

Medicare may no longer pay for some medical mistakes

Compliance Monitor, May 30, 2007

CMS proposes to stop paying hospitals for additional costs from preventable medical errors suffered by patients while in the hospital, The Indianapolis Star reported.

The agency is taking public comment on the proposal through June. The changes are scheduled to take effect in October 2008.

Under the proposal, hospitals no longer would receive payment for costs from complications that did not exist when the patient was admitted into the hospital, the paper reported.

CMS is looking at 13 specific conditions that include everything from urinary-tract infections related to catheters, to a patient receiving an incompatible blood type during a transfusion.

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