Urinary tract infections are at the top of the Will Not Pay list from Medicare beginning on October 1st of this year since it's one of the most common hospital errors. The others are:
Bed sores/pressure ulcers
Objects left in patients during surgery
Blood incompatibility (giving wrong type of blood)
Mediastinitis, a type of infection after heart surgery
Air embolism - an air bubble in a blood vessel
Since Medicare insures 44 million elderly and disabled Americans it has the clout to get the attention of hospitals. They've also sparked a movement to eliminate preventable hospital errors and insurance companies like Aetna are joining the parade.
It's about time.