Bed sores are a major problem for patients who are confined to bed or a wheelchair, but aren’t limited to the bedbound. These sores can affect anyone who spends long periods in limited positions and those who are overweight and have folds of skin that touch. Bed sores can be prevented by moving the patient frequently, changing bedding, and keeping the skin clean and dry. They are also called a pressure sore, decubitus sore, or decubitus ulcer.
In November 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General did a report on Adverse Events in Hospitals – National Incidence Among Medicare Beneficiaries
A motion was filed in the matter of George Clay Chandler v. Memorial Hospital Jacksonville, et. al. seeking punitive damages on Mr. Chandler’s behalf. The evidence filed shows that in 2008 and early 2010 Memorial Hospital was cited by AHCA for deficiencies in its care of patients and particularly for numerous failures relating to nursing and wound care.
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 […]
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 […]
Memorial Hospital faces six lawsuits for related medical negligence “Never Events” February 23, 2010 Six families are in the process of filing suit against Memorial Hospital for neglect and negligence that allowed patients to contract decubitus ulcers (bedsores) that led to complications ranging from disfigurement to death. The United States Department of Health and Human Services classifies bedsores […]