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OIG Releases Report on Adverse Event Reporting

In a recently released report based on data collected in 2008, the Office of Inspector General finds that while 60 percent of adverse and temporary harm events occurred at hospitals in states with reporting systems, hospitals reported only 1 percent of events. However, only 12 percent of the adverse events met state requirements for reporting and most non-reported events were not identified by internal hospital incident reporting systems. This suggests that the low reporting rates were likely a result of hospitals failing to identify adverse events, rather than neglecting to report known events. The report did not include specific recommendations, but concluded that all stakeholders should be aware of the low reporting rate as they consider strategies to reduce adverse events. The report is available at http://go.usa.gov/fXL.

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