Clean Sweep Live Auction on Thur. March 28th. Click to view the full inventory

DOTmed Home MRI Oncology Ultrasound Molecular Imaging X-Ray Cardiology Health IT Business Affairs
News Home Parts & Service Operating Room CT Women's Health Proton Therapy Endoscopy HTMs Mobile Imaging
Current Location:
> This Story

Log in or Register to rate this News Story
Forward Printable StoryPrint Send us your Comments




More Industry Headlines

National Mobile X-ray acquires MMDS Mobile X-ray Expands reach deeper in southeastern US

Echocardiogram should play role in patient selection for transcatheter mitral valve repair, says study New study highlighted at ACC

Building a health data utility: Three secrets to a fresh model for interoperability Teaching healthcare how to share

FDA gives green light for smallest, slimmest 3T CRM devices Extended battery lives, greater diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities

Change Healthcare files for IPO Could raise as much as $100 million, listing on Nasdaq

Healthcare’s ‘valueless data’ problem Information is collected and organized, time to put it to work

Study: 'Convenient' telehealth visits lack coordinated relaying of information Could lead to fragmentation in healthcare, say study authors

Emerging applications of contrast-enhanced ultrasound in pediatric imaging Discussing the benefits of an emerging technology

BSWH to install Glassbeam's CLEAN blueprint to leverage machine uptime Will include integrated CMMS software by EQ2

Level Ex releases interventional cardiac video game, Cardio Ex Over 35 levels that test cognitive, spatial reasoning and decision-making skills

CMS to Stop Paying for Preventable Hospital Errors and Events

by Barbara Kram , Editor
Medical errors are making headlines again. Actor Dennis Quaid's newborn twins were mistakenly administered adult doses of a blood thinner at an L.A. hospital last year. The labeling of the product has been partly blamed.

In other recent medical mix-ups, doctors in Providence, RI operated on the wrong side of patients' heads in three different cases last year. At a veterans' hospital, surgeons implanted an unsterilized cranial plate in a patient, leading to complications. In yet another case, a dialysis patient was injected with cleaning fluid meant for the machine, instead of the pharmaceutical agent used in the dialysis process.

Story Continues Below Advertisement

New & Refurbished C-Arm Systems. Call 702.384.0085 Today!

KenQuest provides all major brands of surgical c-arms (new and refurbished) and carries a large inventory for purchase or rent. With over 20 years in the medical equipment business we can help you fulfill your equipment needs

Although these particular incidents aren't the focus, the government has new regulations aimed at preventing hospital errors. Beginning in October, Medicare will no longer pay the cost of several medical preventable errors or "never events" that occur in hospitals. These include transfusing patients with the wrong blood type, injuries from falls, bedsores, objects left inside a patient during surgery, urinary tract infections from catheters, and others.

The proposed rule would apply to services provided to patients who are discharged from acute care hospitals during the federal fiscal year 2009, which begins October 1, 2008.

"CMS is taking aggressive actions to ensure that beneficiaries get safe, high quality, and efficient care from their health care providers," said CMS Acting Administrator Kerry Weems. "Medicare can and should take the lead in encouraging hospitals to improve the safety and quality of care and make better practices a routine part of the care they provide not just to people with Medicare, but to every patient they treat."

CMS has been working with the National Quality Forum (NQF), a national organization working to promote patient safety and improve hospital care, on ways to reduce or eliminate "never events" identified by NQF. In addition, CMS is adding 43 new quality measures (to the current 30) for which hospitals will have to report data in order to receive the full annual payment update for their services.

The Cost of Mistakes and What's Being Done

In its 1999 report, To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that medical errors, particularly hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), may be responsible for as many as 98,000 deaths annually, at costs of up to $29 billion. In 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimated that hospital-acquired infections added nearly $5 billion to hospital costs. What's more, a 2007 survey by the Leapfrog Group of more than 1,200 hospitals found that 87 percent did not follow recommendations to prevent many of the most common hospital-acquired conditions.
  Pages: 1 - 2 - 3 >>


Increase Your
Brand Awareness
Auctions + Private Sales
Get The
Best Price
Buy Equipment/Parts
Find The
Lowest Price
Daily News
Read The
Latest News
Browse All
DOTmed Users
Ethics on DOTmed
View Our
Ethics Program
Gold Parts Vendor Program
Receive PH
Gold Service Dealer Program
Receive RFP/PS
Healthcare Providers
See all
HCP Tools
A Job
Parts Hunter +EasyPay
Get Parts
Recently Certified
View Recently
Certified Users
Recently Rated
View Recently
Certified Users
Rental Central
Rent Equipment
For Less
Sell Equipment/Parts
Get The
Most Money
Service Technicians Forum
Find Help
And Advice
Simple RFP
Get Equipment
Virtual Trade Show
Find Service
For Equipment
Access and use of this site is subject to the terms and conditions of our LEGAL NOTICE & PRIVACY NOTICE
Property of and Proprietary to DOTmed.com, Inc. Copyright ©2001-2019 DOTmed.com, Inc.