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Inspectors urged to focus on overall patient-quality issues
Modern Healthcare

When inspectors investigate serious never events at hospitals, they need to do a better job focusing on overall patient-care quality issues and then disclosing to hospitals and accreditation agencies exactly what occurred, an audit from the HHS inspector general’s office has found (PDF).

The report follows a 2008 inspector general’s study that estimated as many as 25% of all Medicare beneficiaries were harmed during hospital stays in October of that year, including 13% that involved a prolonged hospital stay, permanent harm, life-sustaining intervention or death.