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CO hospitals considers ceasing payment requests for preventable errors

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Following in the steps of Massachusetts and Minnesota hospitals, hospitals in Colorado may soon waiver payments for some adverse events, reports Fierce Healthcare.

The Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) task force on pricing is currently developing recommendations for a never-event payment policy. However, according to a CHA spokesperson, the group has no firm plans to implement such a policy in the near future. Many other state associations are moving forward with voluntary policies of this kind due to Medicare’s plan to cease payments for some hospital mistakes as of next year. Currently, Medicare pays for more than 60 percent of hospital acquired infections (HAIs), but this is no longer acceptable, agency leaders have said.

In a move towards greater health care transparency, the CHA plans to release a new hospital report card with quality information about its hospitals before November 30th.

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