Tag Archives: Medicare

Make sure you ask for additur – if it is granted and the defense denies it, you get a new trial.

Make sure you ask for additur – if it is granted and the defense denies it, you get a new trial. Thomas Wayne Akers II, and his wife Cassandra Akers, filed a personal injury action against Donald Emmons, as a result of an automobile accident. Mr. Akers changed his existing negligence action, from a separate […]

46% of Medicare Patients Are Harmed During Rehab Hospital Stays

46% of Medicare Patients Are Harmed During Rehab Hospital Stays According to a HHS’ Office of Inspector General report, approximately one out of three Medicare beneficiaries released from rehabilitation hospitals in March 2012 were medically harmed during stays at the facilities and nearly 46% of the incidents were preventable.  The OIG also found that their […]

BCBS & Never Events

The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) announced on February 26,  2010 that all 39 independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies established a payment policy that prohibits reimbursement to contracted acute care hospitals for hospital acquired conditions or “never events” “ serious events or medical errors that are clearly identifiable and preventable. The Blues […]

CMS & Never Events

In July of 2008, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued State Medicaid Director Letter #08-004 to provide guidance related to coordination of State Medicaid payment policies with policies recently adopted by the Medicare program. This is needed when hospital providers bill for selected hospital-acquired conditions (HACs). Prompted by the 2002 & 2006 […]