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Medicare won’t pay hospitals for errors

AP/Yahoo News, February 19, 2008
Medicare has already announced that it will stop paying hospitals for errors beginning in October, and other insurers are following close behind. The trend has led the nation's hospitals to explore innovative programs to prevent injury and infection, such as hand-washing spies, surgical sponges that sound an alarm if left in the body, and even a room sterilizer that promises to wipe out bacteria left lurking on bedrails.