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Medicare looks to improve protection for patients by ending payments to hospitals for hospital mistakes

October 1, 2008 – Beginning on this date, hospitals will not be able to receive additional payment for cases in which a patient experiences an avoidable problem while under hospital care. Medicare has issued a list of Hospital-Acquired Conditions that includes foreign objects retained after surgery, incompatible blood products, falls and trauma, bedsores/decubitus ulcers, and more. Hopefully, this will provide additional financial incentive for hospitals to provide the best medical care possible. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, last year there were 257,412 reported cases of advanced bedsores, 193,566 cases of falls or trauma resulting in serious injury, and 12,185 reported cases of urinary tract infections in catheterized patients.