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Hospitals Rarely Report Adverse Events, Says OIG
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Hospitals rarely inform state health departments about adverse events that cause temporary or serious harm to patients, often because states don’t require that they be reported, but also because treatment teams don’t identify such events, according to an Office of Inspector General “Memorandum Report” issued Thursday.

“Hospital administrators indicated that staff often did not report events because they identified them not as patient harm, but rather as expected side-effects,” the report said.