Medicare won’t pay for conditions “that could reasonably have been prevented.”
These preventable conditions, sometimes dubbed “never events,” i.e. events that should never have happened, may include:
• Bedsores or pressure ulcers not present on admission.
• Injuries caused by falls
• Infections caused by catheters left in blood vessels or bladders
• Sponges or other objects left in patients during surgery
• Incompatible blood transfusions
• Death from other blood products
• Misuse or malfunction of medical devices
• Wrong site surgeries.
• Restraint strangulation.
• Deaths from medications.
• Deaths from childbirth.