Minnesota hospitals will no longer bill insurers for care to treat illness or injury caused by any of 27 preventable adverse events, the Minnesota Hospital Association said. The agreement covers private and public insurers and is effective immediately, said Bruce Rueben, the trade group's president. "We want to make sure that the patients' experience is fair and just and it's focused on improving care, and we're not going to bill for care that becomes necessary' after adverse events, Rueben said.
Pressure ulcers, objects left inside surgery patients, medication errors and other serious preventable errors identified as "never events" by the National Quality Forum must be reported by Minnesota hospitals and ASCs under a 2003 state law. The state first publicly reported hospitals' errors in 2005 and expanded disclosure to ambulatory surgery centers in 2006. Rueben said hospitals and insurers will work on a case-by-case basis to write off bills related to medical errors. -- by Melanie Evans
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