Effect of Medicare's Nonpayment for Hospital-Acquired Conditions Lessons for Future Policy
Waters et al | JAMA Intern Med | 2017

Abstract
Importance—In 2008, Medicare implemented the Hospital-Acquired Conditions (HACs) Initiative, a policy denying incremental payment for 8 complications of hospital care, also known as never events. The regulation's effect on these events has not been well studied.
Objective—To measure the association between Medicare's nonpayment policy and 4 outcomes addressed by the HACs Initiative: central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPUs), and injurious inpatient falls.

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