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Report: US hospital errors cause 15,000 deaths per month
California Watch

A major federal study released yesterday suggests that state regulators aren’t getting the full story from California hospitals when it comes to reporting serious lapses in care. And if the results of the nationwide probe apply here, hospitals could be withholding reports of as many as 20,000 incidents. The federal study [PDF] found that one in seven Medicare patients are harmed while in a U.S. hospital, and 15,000 die each month as a result of lapses by hospitals and their employees.