Regarding Medicare policy puts quality in jeopardy:
There are two main goals of this policy: 1) Better the quality of care and 2) Save money. While it hurts the hospital business, the CMS needs to find ways to save money, just like every other organization. However, I think the CMS can more effectively push for better quality. Instead of punishing hospitals for a never event, they should provide incentives to the hospitals who have superb quality and rarely have never events. The CMS is focusing on the negative, and I think it would be more beneficial and more accepted if they focused on hospitals that are doing well, rather than punishing every hospital for mistakes. I tend to think incentives are always better than punishments, especially in this case since the CMS claims they are striving to better the quality of care.
Heather WilliamsNashua, N.H.
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