Medicare won't pay for preventable conditions

Medicare, the largest health insurer in the U.S., has announced that it will not pay for 8 hospital conditions that could be preventable. Starting in October, 2008, if a patient enters a hospital and acquires these conditions, the hospital will not get reimbursed for the costs. The conditions that we doctors call "never-events" because they should never happen, are:Urinary tract infection from


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