The Institute of Medicine had reported in 1999 that up to 98,000 people had died in hospitals as a result of medical errors. Today the number is estimated to be 200,000+ and costing billions of dollars. Not to mention the medical errors that occur that don’t result in death but result in increased medical costs, cost of ongoing care and disability.
Medicare, Well Point, and Cigna are taking a stand by announcing plans to stop paying for care that’s triggered by a host of medical mishaps. Doctors will not be paid for surgical procedures on the wrong side, wrong person, wrong body part and or wrong site. Cigna is adding a list of “potentially non-reimbursable” mishaps that will mandate quality of care.