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Impact of the CMS No-Pay Policy on Hospital-Acquired Fall Prevention Related Practice Patterns

Fehlberg EA, et al. | Innovation in Aging | 2018

A clinician listens to a patient's heart while the patient sits upright in a Hillrom hospital bed.


Background and Objectives:

In October 2008, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) stopped reimbursing hospitals for costs related to patient falls. This study aimed to examine whether the CMS no-pay policy influenced four fall prevention practices: bed alarms, sitters, room changes, and physical restraints.


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Care Settings: Acute Care

Clinical Focus: Fall Prevention

Content Type: Journal Articles