Medicare’s $25 billion pyramid

The lede:

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services last month proposed to stop paying for nine hospital-associated conditions that it says can be prevented and that cost Medicare about $25 billion last year.

The nine conditions would join a list of eight others adopted last year. CMS will stop paying for those eight this October. While some welcomed the proposal as a sign Medicare is stepping up efforts to encourage hospitals to improve patient safety, others said CMS should wait to see how implementation of the first round of no-pay conditions unfolds.

The whole shebang.