What’s a mistake?

More payers are ending payments to hospitals that result because of mistakes.  Makes intuitive sense.  Turns out, however, that defining mistakes is a rather gray exercise.

But the California Department of Public Health may be ushering in a new trend: fining hospitals for making mistakes.

Forecast: increasingly gray.  Issuing fines for “mistakes” is making the distinction between mistake and intentional harm more difficult to define.  Stay tuned.

UPDATE: a comprehensive list can be found here.