Hospitals: Pay for your Own Mistakes
September 13, 2007
And why the tax payers should foot the bill for preventable mistakes made by a hospital? This should have happened long ago.
Medicare has told hospitals that they will soon be responsible on their own for the expenses that incur from many common preventable mistakes they make. As of Oct. 1, 2008, Medicare will no longer reimburse hospitals for the extra costs of treating injuries from eight preventable conditions. Medicare officials said they plan to add three more conditions to the no-pay list next year. The eight conditions are patient falls, pressure ulcers, urinary tract infections, vascular-catheter-associated infections, mediastinitis, air emboli, removal of objects left in the body during surgery, and injury caused by use of incompatible blood products. Moreover, the rule change also prohibits hospitals from billing the patients for “any charges associated with the hospital-acquired complication.”