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Nurses to Benefit From New CMS Never Events Resource Area on Mosby's Nursing Consult
Date:8/10/2009

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, August 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --

- Nursing Consult Feature Empowers Nurses to Improve Patient Care, Help Prevent Costly Mistakes; Hospitals Benefit From Averting the Reimbursement Losses

Elsevier, a world leader in healthcare and medical publishing and online solutions, today announced the availability of a new online tool within Mosby's Nursing Consult designed to help nurses prevent the 10 "Never Events" identified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in an October 2008 fact sheet. Available at the Mosby's Nursing Consult (http://www.nursingconsult.com/) Web site, the CMS Never Events section on Nursing Consult online empowers nurses to prevent so-called Never Events or Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) in the quest to improve care quality and maximize hospital reimbursement.

"CMS Never Events supports nurses in proactively preventing avoidable incidents and ensuring that patients receive the safe, high quality, and efficient care they expect from hospitals," says Eileen Robinson, RN, MSN, Director of Nursing Continuing Education for Elsevier/Mosby/MCS. "Professional nurses have a responsibility to prevent adverse events as part of a broader effort to improve quality, enhance the patient care experience and increase the hospital's financial stability.

Nursing Consult's contributors developed CMS Never Events in response to CMS' 2008 decision that it would no longer pay for adverse events that could be prevented through the application of specific evidence-based protocols. In addition, CMS does not permit patients to be billed for the cost of these events.

To create CMS Never Events, Elsevier researchers matched each Never Event/HAC with appropriate articles, reports, monographs and studies. The tool covers CMS' initial list of 10 HACs, including foreign
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