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Medicare plans to stop paying for six hospital-acquired conditions

Patient safety advocates claim that hospitals in this country have little financial incentive to prevent complications because they stand to make more money for treating the conditions patients acquire during their stays. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services new rule aims to change this injustice.

The six hospital acquired conditions are preventable if the hospital staff follows common policies and procedures. Objects left behind in surgical patients, along with pressure ulcers are two of the six preventable hospital acquired conditions. The implementation of this rule in October of 2008 will force hospitals to pay for their own negligence.

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