“To better reduce preventable errors, the Senate should establish a National Patient Safety Board, akin to the existing National Transportation Safety Board, testified John James, Ph.D.”
At senate hearing testimony from Lisa McGiffert (Consumers Union) and others about the need for better reporting of medical errors and infections.
Interview with manager of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project, Lisa McGiffert, on hospital Safety.
New Oregon report on hospital acquired infections, including data on 60 hospitals in the state. The report covers eleven mandatory reporting elements, including nine potential infections acquired while receiving care for other medical conditions. The report includes summary data for the state and individual data sheets for the 60 Oregon acute care hospitals.
In part, the bill would require a quicker turn-around by Department of Health releasing infection data reported by hospitals.
A state legislator from Louisville and the leader of a national watchdog group (Dr. Kevin Kavanagh of Health Watch USA) are calling for a new rule that hospitals report all CRE “superbug” cases to the state — a measure they say would better control the potentially deadly bacteria.
Consumers Union statement on the regressive bills.
“The revised payments, which will begin in January, mark the federal government’s most extensive effort yet to hold hospitals financially accountable for what happens to patients.”
January 1, 2008 — June 30, 2011