Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hospital Errors to be Made Public

Serious hospital errors could be made public through proposed new state rules in Missouri from Medicaid. 

Missouri hospitals would be required to report hospital mistakes that involve Medicaid patients to the state agency that oversees the insurance program for low-income patients.

"Hospitals have previously been able to report all adverse events to a Jefferson City nonprofit called the Missouri Center for Patient Safety. The reports are confidential, meaning they weren't subject to subpoenas, records requests from disciplinary proceedings or requests from the media," stated News-Leader.com.

The errors that the Missouri hospitals would have to report are disabilities or deaths associated with contaminated drugs and surgeries being performed on the wrong patient.

Snyder and Wenner, P.C.

Source: News-Leader.com

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