HHS Cites Lax Reporting Of Hospital Patient Harm

Law360, New York (July 20, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT) -- Hospitals in states that require the reporting of adverse patient events — including death and serious medical complications — recounted few such events to regulators in 2008, suggesting the facilities are failing to identify them, according to a government watchdog report released Thursday.

The inspector general's office for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said that in a sampling of 35 patient events — ranging from death to events that only caused temporary patient harm — that states required to be reported, only three...
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