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Medicare takes stance: will not pay for 'errors'


Last updated 11/13/2008 at Noon

As a way to prevent unnecessary illnesses and preventable infections in patients during hospital stays, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will no longer be covering the extra costs of a patient’s prolonged stay in a hospital if the patient’s condition could have been prevented by following proper care and cleanliness standards.

According to Health Insurance Counseling Advocacy program director David Weil, the cut is a measure Medicare is using to make hospitals responsible for “never events,” a term used by medical professionals for events that are never supposed...

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