CMS Wants Private Hospital Error Reports To Go Public

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) wants to make reports by private healthcare accreditors public according to a proposed rule.

Private accreditors, such as the Joint Commission, may spot errors and safety issues at hospitals during inspections, but the public doesn’t know because the information isn’t released. The proposed rule would require accreditors to make the information public.

The reports describe uncovered problems in hospitals, such as medication errors, patient abuse and operations on the wrong patient or body part.

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