Governor Edward G. Rendell signed three health care bills that were part of his Prescription for Pennsylvania health care reform plan and a fourth that was originally proposed as part of the Senate Republican package of health care bills. One bill – HB 84 – prohibits health care providers from seeking reimbursement for a serious, preventable medical error, often called “never events.” In January 2008, the Department of Public Welfare implemented a policy to prohibit hospitals to bill Medicaid for 27 “never events,” such as operating on the wrong patient, medication errors that result in death or disability and bad blood transfusions.
Pennsylvania bill prohibits reimbursement for "never events"
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