We Need "Hillary-Care" Now
by silver spring, Sun Aug 19, 2007 at 09:10:31 AM EDT
Here's reason number 124,897 on the list of reasons to throw the Republican bastards out of the White House. Anyone who continues to insist that there's "no difference" between certain Democratic candidates and the Republicans ought to have their head examined ... hope the doctor doesn't leave a scalpel in there though.
Medicare won't pay for hospital mistakes
Sat Aug 18, 4:14 PM ET
WASHINGTON - Medicare will stop paying the costs of treating infections, falls, objects left in surgical patients and other things that happen in hospitals that could have been prevented.
"The rule change announced this month is among several initiatives that the administration says are intended to improve the accuracy of Medicare's payment for hospital patients who receive acute care and to encourage hospitals to improve the quality of their services.
The rule identifies eight conditions -- including three serious types of preventable incidents sometimes called "never events" -- that Medicare no longer will pay for.
Those conditions are: objects left in a patient during surgery; blood incompatibility; air embolism; falls; mediastinitis, which is an infection after heart surgery; urinary tract infections from using catheters; pressure ulcers, or bed sores; and vascular infections from using catheters.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it also would work to add three more conditions to the list next year.
"Our efforts in this arena and in other payment rules are to ensure that CMS is an active puchaser, not passive payer, of health care," Jeff Nelligan, a spokesman for the agency, said Saturday..."
How is this supposed to help those on Medicare. Granted, hospitals should be encouraged to make less mistakes. But if the hospital doesn't get paid via Medicare, guess who gets the bill. This is really just more twisted logic from this administration.
We really need to get these people out of the White House quickly before the country goes completely to hell. The next President must deal with the health care issue. It is just not acceptable to not have universal care in this country. Single-payer system would be ideal. One of the reasons I support Hillary is that she tried to do universal care in the 90's. Yes, it was not successful at the time, but she was the only one who tried, as First Lady nonetheless. A lot of her "progressive" detractors seem to forget how much efforts she has actually put in (at a political cost to herself) to make the lives of people better in this country. I really believe that if and when she becomes President, she will not hesitate for a moment to champion progressive causes.
She's politically very savvy and realizes that you have to chart a more moderate course in order to win in November, but I strongly believe that if and when she actually assumes the Presidency we will be looking at a very progressive administration.