In a move intended to cut Medicare costs, improve billing accuracy, and prompt hospitals to improve the quality of patient care, payments for "secondary" diagnoses will end in October 2008. The new rule will cover eight hospital-caused conditions.

Perhaps this is long overdue: making the medical industry pay for its own mistakes. Medical error is the #1 cause of preventable deaths in America, as tax payers we should not be asked to foot the bill for their preventable errors.



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