Blog Highlights Need for Safety Improvement in LTC and Ambulatory Settings

June 2, 2014    |   By: Calevir

In a recent blog, Olivia MacDonald writes about a recent publication from the OIG with findings that over 20% of Medicare patients experience adverse events during skilled nursing facility stays, 60% of those events being preventable. Hospitalizations resulting from such events cost the Medicare program an estimated $208 million.   She also notes that research by Towson University’s Mary Carter identifies that hospitals have historically made more efforts to understand medical injury than nursing homes and outpatient settings such as doctors’ offices, surgery centers and emergency rooms.   The February 2014 OIG report called upon the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality to collaboration with CMS to compile a list of potentially reportable events for nursing homes.

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