That’s 1 cent for every family of three in America!

My colleague Eli Perencevich sent me a link to this article yesterday, to be published in Health Affairs. Turns out that the Medicare policy of refusing to reimburse hospitals for the costs associated with certain preventable adverse events, including selected hospital infections, is not going to net very much money (about $1 million nationally, according to their model).

The press has already noticed.

I have always thought this policy to be mostly symbolic, and I recall a SHEA plenary speaker two years ago describing even the optimistic projections of cost savings as “budget dust”.


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