Hospital Acquired Conditions are Serious Injuries that Hospital Patients Should Not Get

Were You or a Loved One a Victim of a HAC?

Hospital Acquired Conditions (HAC) are serious medical conditions or complications that patients suffer from during an inpatient hospital stay. These are conditions that were not present upon admission to the hospital, but rather happened while under the care of the same health care providers that were supposed to make things better, not worse. According to Medicare, if any patient develops one of these serious medical conditions during a hospital stay, Medicare will not reimburse the hospital for the treatment of those conditions or complications. The hospital would have to pay out of their pocket for the treatment. It makes one wonder how extensive or thorough that treatment would be since the hospital now has to pay for it. It is felt that if hospitals would follow proper procedures and protocols, the patients are less likely to develop these life-altering complications or conditions.

The following is a list of Hospital Acquired Conditions Medicare will not pay for:

  • Retained surgical sponges, lap pads, retractors, clips or other surgical equipment
  • Air embolism
  • Blood incompatibility
  • Stage III or Stage IV decubitus ulcers, pressure ulcers or bedsores
  • Falls and Trauma
  • Poor blood sugar control that leads to diabetic ketoacidosis, nonketotic hyperosmolar coma, hypoglycemia coma, or secondary diabetes with ketoacidosis or hyperosmolarity
  • Catheter induced urinary tract infection
  • Infections associated with intravenous (IV) or other vascular catheters such as PICC lines, umbilical lines or central lines
  • Surgical site infections following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), bariatric surgery, and orthopedic procedures
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE)

Despite the backlash from some hospitals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has added the hospital-acquired condition data to its Hospital Compare web page. The data shows the number of hospital-acquired conditions per 1,000 discharges for Medicare patients between October 2008 and June 2010. You can view that data here:

Here at the Pennsylvania Beasley medical malpractice law firm, our nationally-recognized Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers are well aware that some conditions or complications should not happen to patients while they are in the hospital. Our experienced medical and legal teams have extensive knowledge in reviewing hospital-acquired conditions or complications. Since 1958, we have had billions awarded on behalf of injured patients just like you or a loved one.

If you or a loved one has been a victim of a hospital-acquired injury, please contact one of our experienced Philadelphia medical negligence attorneys at (215) 866-2424. We promise that we will never take a fee unless we win your case.


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