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CMS Pushed to Improve Reporting on Adverse Events
Health Leaders Media

A new Office of Inspector General report criticizes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for failing to notify accreditation agencies, such as the Joint Commission, in two out of three sampled cases involving serious adverse events in hospitals. These include immediate jeopardies such as medication and surgical errors, physical abuse by hospital staff, and patient suicide.

“CMS regional offices notified accreditors of only 28 of the 88 sampled complaints against accredited hospitals,” the report says.