Glossary

never event

28 occurrences that the National Quality Forum has identified as events that should never happen in a hospital and can be prevented. These events include surgical events, product or device events, and criminal events. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in January 2009 that Medicare would stop paying for three never events — wrong invasive procedures, invasive procedures performed on the wrong body part and invasive procedures performed on the wrong patient.