The New York State Medicaid program said it will end reimbursements for avoidable hospital complications and medical errors deemed never events.
Beginning in October the state will not reimburse for care needed as a result of 14 hospital-caused conditions: wrong-site surgery; wrong surgical patient or procedure; foreign objects left in body; medication error; air embolism; blood incompatibility; failure to identify and treat hyperbilirubinemia in newborns; patients oxygen line is wrong item or contaminated; and patient disability from electric shock, contaminated drugs, wrong function of a device, burns or restraints.
Hospitals caring for the state's 1.4 million Medicaid beneficiaries will have to provide information indicating such conditions were present on admission to obtain reimbursement, the state said. New York also will continue to revise and expand its never-events list.
The state joins Medicare in its policy to end never-event reimbursements, which also starts in October. (For more on this trend, please see the article "Never pay never again".) -- by Jean DerGurahian