"Look for the definition of an "error" to be expanded dramatically... Central line infection? C. difficile colitis? Ventilator associated pneumonia?"
The initial six conditions on the Medicare list are:
- pressure ulcers
- catheter-associated urinary tract infections
- Staphylococcus aureus (shown above) septicemia
- air embolism
- blood incompatibility
- object left behind in surgical patient
Medicare Says It Won’t Cover ‘Preventable’ Hospital Errors. NYTimes, 08/2007.
Medicare plans to stop paying for 6 hospital-acquired conditions. AMNews staff, June 18, 2007.
Medicare No Longer Willing to Pay Hospitals for Preventable Medical Errors. MSSPNexus Blog, 08/2007.
Medicare won’t pay for mistakes? Notes from Dr. RW, 08/2007.
An Inexact Science. Musings of a Dinosaur, 08/2008.
Preventable medical errors, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Let Me Sprinkle Some Fairy Dust On My Patient. The Happy Hospitalist, 01/2008.
Image source: Wikipedia, CDC.