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3% error rate found in ‘present-on-admission’ conditions
Modern Healthcare

As patient safety becomes tied to hospital payments, healthcare providers are devoting closer attention than ever to the medical problems that patients have before they arrive at the hospital. But a new study has found flaws in how providers record such “present-on-admission” conditions.In a review of about 700 Medicare patients’ bills from October 2008, contractors for HHS‘ inspector general’s office found that about 18% of the beneficiaries had at least one incorrectly reported condition as present-on-admission, or POA.