The CMS officially released three rules that halt Medicare payments when medical procedures are performed incorrectly, on the wrong patient or body part. Starting for discharges since last October, Medicare also no longer pays hospitals a higher rate for an inpatient hospital stay if the reason for the enhanced payment is one of a number of hospital-acquired conditions as outlined in recent hospital payment rules. The two federal payment guidelines identified a number of so-called never events for which the CMS said it would withhold payment. Some of those include injuries related to falls and traumatic events, foreign objects retained after surgeries and blood incompatibility. In December 2008, both the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association said that they were opposed to the use of the national coverage determinations as a means to halt payments for such medical errors.
Late News: CMS releases payment rules on wrong surgical procedures
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