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Hospitals’ patient-safety data systems fall short, HHS says
Modern Healthcare

Billing data may not be a reliable source of hospital adverse event information and voluntary hospital incident reporting systems may be an unreliable source of information for patient safety organizations, according to Adverse Events in Hospitals: Methods for Identifying Events, a new report released by the HHS Inspector General’s office. HHS researchers reviewed a random sample of 278 Medicare beneficiary hospitalizations in acute-care hospitals in two unidentified counties that took place during one week in August 2008.