Practical Reviews

1 in 7 Medicare Inpatients Harmed by Medical Errors

The Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006 mandated that the Office of Inspector General (OIG) from the Department of Health and Human Services report to Congress regarding the incidence of "never events" among Medicare beneficiaries. The OIG's 2010 report to Congress stated that 1 in 7 hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries had complications from medical errors.  Terms: The term “adverse event” (AE) was defined as harm to a patient as a result of medical care. The term “never ev more...
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