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CMS Stops Reporting Hospital Acquired Conditions

Steve Wagner

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made a choice this week to stop the reporting of several different hospital acquired conditions (HAC’s), as the result of the data being likely incomplete and underreported.

According to CMS, the data they were receiving from hospitals on conditions like air embolisms, surgical tools left inside of patients, and even people receiving the wrong blood type during a transfusion, could be leaving off as many as half of the real incidents.

Data was removed on at least eight different HAC’s in acute care hospitals across the nation. Acute care facilities are those where patients stay for extended recovery after surgery, or are cared for at a minimum of 25 days after acquiring an injury or illness.

Citizens have a right to know which hospitals are potentially endangering them with unnecessary injuries and hospital acquired conditions. We anxiously await the next move from CMS, and we hope they will follow through on finding new ways to better report this information to citizens, rather than underreporting or withholding information altogether.

If you have suffered from an HAC, give the medical malpractice lawyers at Wagner Reese a call and we can help you recover the damages which you are owed.

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