Bracing For The Surge In Reimbursement Disputes

Law360, New York (November 21, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Medicare will no longer reimburse for expenses resulting from “hospital acquired” medical complications as common as catheter or surgery-site infections.

The Medicare new rules, effective since Oct. 1, 2008, are expected to give rise to a surge of litigation between hospitals, patients, physicians and drug and medical industry business.

In 2007, as required by the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) (2005), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) identified medical errors, “never events”, that it deemed to be reasonably preventable, with the goal of halting payments to...
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