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Hospitals Tally Their Avoidable Mistakes

Date: July 21, 2009
Author: Lisa Rein
QUOTE: It used to be that if a doctor, nurse or technician was responsible for injuring you, your insurance company was billed for the action that caused the injury as well as what might be needed to treat it. Maryland health regulators estimate that insurance companies paid $522 million last year to cover preventable complications in hospitals, which occurred in 55,000 of the state's 800,000 inpatient cases. Now, following the lead of Medicare, some other public and private insurers are starting to refuse payment -- for example, they won't pay for treatment of urinary tract infections caused by a catheter.

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