All 57 hospitals in Oregon have agreed to not seek payment for costs associated with serious medical errors if an internal investigation shows the event was preventable and under the hospitals control, according to a resolution by the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems board of trustees.
The 24 adverse events that Oregon hospitals will no longer charge for include those identified by the Oregon Patient Safety Commission and the National Quality Forum, such as operating on the wrong body part or patient; patient death or serious injury as a result of using a faulty drug or device provided by the hospital; and acquisition of serious bed sores after admission.
We are proud to implement these guidelines within our own health system and further build on the accountability and transparency initiatives we have set out to achieve as a statewide association of healthcare leaders, Norm Gruber, president and chief executive officer of the 417-bed Salem Hospital in Salem, Ore., and chairman of the associations board, said in a written statement.
Hospital associations in Washington state, Minnesota, Vermont and Massachusetts have also agreed to waive charges for serious medical errors. The CMS and most major insurers have announced they will soon no longer pay for some adverse events. (For more on this topic, see States rights and wrongs.) -- by Rebecca Vesely
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