UT Medicaid stops paying for hospital errors

The Salt Lake Tribune, August 24, 2012

Utah's Medicaid program no longer pays hospitals to treat illnesses and injuries caused by poor care for patients, such as infections, on-site falls and surgeries on the wrong body part. Hospitals have had to report these "provider-preventable conditions" to the Utah Department of Health since July 2011, a requirement of federal health reform. They've disclosed 17 to date, most of them infections. But precisely how much taxpayer money was saved isn't known.


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