Phoenix Incident Reporting Systems Lawyers
According to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), only 14 percent of the patient-safety incidents experienced by Medicare beneficiaries are being accounted for by incident reporting systems.
The remaining 86 percent failed to be reported due to the partial fact that staff does not understand what can constitute as patient harm.
The misunderstanding of what counts as a patient-safety incident were reported by hospital administrators as either events that staff commonly report on but did not report in these cases (25 percent) or that staff did not recognize what happened as reportable (61 percent).
The hospitals that were reviewed use incident reporting systems to help identify and track patient safety incidents.
Hospitals currently rely on these incident reporting systems to track certain events that take place. Effectively improving the systems would ultimately help hospital's efforts when it comes to improving patient safety.
Since the report, the OIG has suggested that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should work closely together to improve the efficiency of the incident reporting systems.
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