Hospital errors draining 'billions' from Medicare fund, reviewer says
The deaths cost the Medicare program $8.8 billion, the firm estimated. Its analysis of the records of 41 million Medicare patients found that patients at the top 5% of rated hospitals had a 43% lower chance of suffering one or more medical errors.
The 1.1 million patient safety incidents was equal to a rate of 3% of all study subjects, researchers said. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has said it will stop reimbursing hospitals for treatment of eight preventable errors starting Oct. 1, which could cut off significant payments to acute-care providers.
Of special note for long-term care providers was the rise in incidence of certain indicators over the study period: pressure ulcer incidence, post-operative respiratory failure, post-operative pulmonary embolism or deep vein thrombosis, post-operative sepsis, and post-operative abdominal wound separation/splitting.