Hospitals will soon be forced to pay for their own negligence

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services has proposed a new rule that will require hospitals to pay for their own mistakes instead of profiting. As of October 2008, Medicare will no longer pay for six hospital-acquired conditions. These conditions force patients to have longer stays in hospitals, consequently adding to their medical bills.

Pressure ulcers, two hospital-acquired infections, air embolism, blood incompatibility and objects left behind in surgical patients will no longer be valid conditions for Medicare reimbursement.

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