Medicare Won’t Pay for Preventable Errors, Hospitals Eat the Cost
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Nov 08, 2008 in Medical Negligence
Beginning last October, Medicare said it would not pay the extra costs caused by preventable hospital-acquired infections and medical errors. And hospitals will not be allowed to bill Medicare patients for the payments withheld by the government. Doctors, however, will be paid for treating those patients conditions. Also, the government health plan, which covers the elderly and disabled, will not pay anything to doctors or hospitals for what the government calls never events, including surgery on the wrong body part or on the wrong patient.
The steps are an effort to make hospitals safer and encourage them to reduce the chance of hospital-acquired conditions, like some infections, advanced bed sores or fractures; and to reduce preventable errors. Many private insurance companies, including Aetna, Cigna and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, intend to follow suit. They, too, have announced they would withhold hospital payments for mistakes.
HERES THE LIST OF THE 10 PREVENTABLE ERRORS MEDICARE REFUSES TO PAY FOR:
1.foreign object retained after surgery
2. air embolism
3. incompatible blood transfusion
4. stage III and IV bed sores
5. injuries after falls
6. poor blood sugar control
7. catheter-associated urinary tract infection
8. vascular catheter-associated infection
9. surgical site infections
10. deep vein thrombosis following a total knee or hip replacement