Medicare Rule Will Deny Payment To Hospitals For Preventable Errors

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Medicare Rule Will Deny Payment To Hospitals For Preventable Errors

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Long Island Newsday on Wednesday examined a new rule from CMSthat will deny reimbursements to hospitals for preventable errors thatoccur while patients are in their care, a move that advocates believewill encourage better quality and help reduce avoidable injury andinfection rates.

Hospital-acquired infections are the most common cause of preventable patient harm, with CDCestimating that 1.7 million U.S. residents are infected in hospitalsannually and that about 100,000 people die from hospital-acquiredinfections, Newsday reports. The Manhattan-based advocacy group Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths estimates that preventable hospital-acquired infections cost hospitals $30 billion annually.

Maureen Daly, RID's volunteer coordinator, said, "It's great that Medicare is taking this step" (Ricks, Long Island Newsday, 8/29). The new policy, proposed in April and mandated by a 2005 law, will take effect in October 2008 (Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, 8/20).

Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. Youcan view the entire Kaiser DailyHealth Policy Report, search the archives, and sign up for email deliveryat kaisernetwork.org/email. The Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, afree service of The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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