The Medicare program may soon stop paying for more medical care that comes as a result of hospital error. In an effort to encourage hospitals to improve their patient care and avoid medical malpractice lawsuits, hospital infections, and hospital patient injury, Medicare announced last year that it would stop funding certain procedures and treatments. Now Medicare has added more potential preventable errors to the list.
Medicare may stop funding for these common hospital errors and preventable injuries:
-Surgical site infections following certain elective procedures -Deep vein thrombosis/Pulmonary Embolism -Legionnaires’ disease -Extreme blood sugar derangement -Lung Collapse resulting from medical treatment -Ventilator-associated pneumonia -Delirium -Staph infection in the bloodstream -Disease associated with Clostridium difficile infection
Medicare’s logic is that hospitals will stop making preventable errors and preventable patient injuries if the hospital won’t get paid for the error. Hospitals used to be paid for every consult and procedure but Medicare believes that not funding for preventable error will encourage hospitals to improve patient care to protect their bottom line.
Read more on these proposed changes here.