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Prepare for contract clauses defining never events

A burgeoning number of states and hospital associations are establishing policies to not seek payment for hospital-based adverse health events or so-called never events-serious reportable events such as wrong-site surgery. In September 2007, the Minnesota Council of Health Plans and the Minnesota Hospital Association, both in St. Paul, unveiled an agreement endorsed by the Governor's Health Care Cabinet that hospitals in the state will not seek payment from insurers or other parties for any of 28 never events identified by the Washington, DC-based National Quality Forum (NQF).

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