Hospital Errors Result in 15,000 Deaths Each Month


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General recently issued a report that included very troubling conclusions. The report was based on a random sampling of the billing of 780 Medicare beneficiaries who were treated in October 2008. The findings concluded that 1 in 7 Medicare patients suffered harm because of their medical care while hospitalized.

As explained in this Palm Beach post article, the report concluded that:

(M)edical care is contributing to around 15,000 deaths per month nationwide and costing taxpayers about $4.4 billion a year.

The report called on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to toughen penalties for hospitals that provide substandard care rather than rewarding them with increased billings.

The report also included recommendations to reduce the number of preventable medical errors and negative outcomes, including...

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