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Study Shows Hospital-acquired Illness Creates 12% of Liability

A new report found that one of six liability claims against health care entities is associated with infections, injuries and other conditions acquired at the hospital. The 2008 Hospital Professional Liability Analysis found that hospital-acquired infections, hospital-acquired injuries, objects left in the body after surgery and pressure ulcers represent more than 12% of hospital liability costs. After Oct. 10, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will no longer reimburse providers for 10 categories of hospital-acquired conditions and medical errors because they are considered preventable and should never happen. To read the full story, click here.

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