tci Medicare Compliance & Reimbursement - 2008 Issue 29

HOSPITALS: Look For Longer List Of 'Never Events' From CMS

The goal: reducing preventable medical errors. Hospitals just getting a handle on managing Medicare "no-pay" conditions have even more on their plates now. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is taking several actions to improve the quality of care in hospitals and reduce the number of "never events," according to a press release issued on its Web site July 31. The final acute care inpatient prospective payment rule, which will appear in the Aug. 19 Federal Register and will be effective for discharges on or after Oct. 1, adds the following three items to the list of...

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