I realize that we must improve the safety of our patients, but is cutting payments to financially strapped hospitals really the way to go about doing so – especially for some events that cannot be prevented?
My prediction is that patients prone to these bad outcomes are going to be shunned so that hospitals can avoid the possibility of the financial hit associated with “never events.”
I hope that I’m wrong.
UPDATE APRIL 9, 2008
There’s an disturbing discussion about the op-ed opinion also going on over at Maggie Mahar’s blog. Some people just don’t get it. Check it out.