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“Never events” NCD

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Medicare will categorically not cover instances when the incorrect surgical procedure is performed on a patient, when surgery is performed on the wrong body part, or when a specific procedure is performed on the wrong patient, according to a Jan. 15 national coverage determination. The final decision is part of a CMS effort to reduce "never events" identified in 2002 by the National Quality Forum (1"The Gray Sheet" Dec. 8, 2009, In Brief)
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