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December 2008     CMS Plans to Stop Payment for Wrong-Site Surgery

 

CMS Plans to Stop Payment for Wrong-Site Surgery

 

CMS has posted on its website its proposed decision memos to withhold payment for wrong surgery performed on a patient, surgery on the wrong body part, and surgery on the wrong patient. Quite frankly, we were surprised to hear that CMS had no prior payment decision on such cases. Note that these were not part of the recent final decision on no-pay for “never events” (See our October 2008 What’s New in the Patient Safety World “CMS’s Final Rule on Non-Payment for “Never Events”) The proposals are open for comment, with 1/31/2009 as the proposed date for final decision.

 

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdraftdecisionmemo.asp?id=223

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdraftdecisionmemo.asp?id=222

http://www.cms.hhs.gov/mcd/viewdraftdecisionmemo.asp?id=221

 

 

 

Update: these decisions have become finalized (See February 2009 What’s New in the Patient Safety World “CMS Plan to Stop Payment for Wrong-Site Surgery Final”).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


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