CMS Medicare Definition of Never Events
CMS Medicare Definition of Never Events

Medicare Defines What They Consider Never Events

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) implemented a provision of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) that takes steps toward preventing Medicare from paying hospitals for additional costs of treating a patient who acquires specified conditions during hospitalization, including cather-associated infections.

Medicare won’t pay for conditions “that could reasonably have been prevented.”

More Details About Medicare “Never Events”

These preventable conditions, sometimes dubbed “never events,” i.e. events that should never have happened, may include:

• Bedsores or pressure ulcers not present on admission.
• Injuries caused by falls
• Infections caused by catheters left in blood vessels or bladders
• Sponges or other objects left in patients during surgery
• Incompatible blood transfusions
• Death from other blood products
• Misuse or malfunction of medical devices
• Wrong site surgeries.
• Restraint strangulation.
• Deaths from medications.
• Deaths from childbirth.

This website is not intended to provide legal advice as each situation is different and specific factual information must be obtained before an attorney is able to assess the legal questions relevant to your situation.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or abuse in a nursing home or other care facility that serves the elderly in Minnesota please contact our firm for a free consultation and information regarding the obligations of the facility and your rights as a resident or concerned family member. To contact Attorney Kenneth L. LaBore, directly please send an email to or call Ken at 612-743-9048.

Medicare “Never Events” in Nursing Homes or Hospitals

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