Consumers Union Documents
- 2009 State Legislation (PDF) (March 12, 2009)
Consumers Union News Releases
- Legislation shields medical error information but will not interfere with state mandatory reporting laws. (March 23, 2005)
- Raise your hand if you’ve had a hospital-acquired infection (March 27, 2009)
- Watch these personal stories — Quality Care Saves Lives! (March 17, 2009)
- Medical Mistakes show on Oprah (March 13, 2009)
- CMS decisions on non-payment for surgical errors (January 16, 2009)
- NYT calls for doctors to be included in Medicare non-payment rules (October 6, 2008)
Editorial: Medical Mistakes
New Jersey legislation would give public hospital-specific information on medical errors.
Medical community collaborates to cut medication errors and infections
A group of Ohio business leaders and 24 hospitals has launched what it hopes will become a statewide effort to reduce hospital medication errors and infections. Solutions for Patient Safety, as the effort is called, takes place as the state is preparing to publish hospital quality data, including some infection rates, on the Web for consumers.
Many in NJ are medical errors victims
More than a third of New Jersey residents surveyed say they or a family member have been a victim of a medical error, and 90 percent would like the state to publicly report the number of errors at each hospital.
US Hospital Errors Continue to Rise
HealthGrades shows rise in post-operative sepsis
Hospitals’ dirty secret
New reports reveal pattern of deadly and expensive, yet preventable, medical errors.Source: Modern Healthcare (November 27, 2006)
Research and Reports
Report: The Direct Medical Costs of Health Care Associated Infections in US Hospitals and the Benefits of Prevention
According to the CDC, the overall annual direct medical costs of hospital acquired infections to U.S. hospitals ranges from $28.4 to $33.8 billion.Source: March, 2009; Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Adverse events in hospitals: Overview of key issues
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General report on issues ranging from public and confidential reporting of adverse events, variations in estimates of adverse events, underreporting, measurements and nonpayment policyies for adverse events.
AHRQ’s Patient Safety Organization Web site
Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHRQ) website for Patient Safety Organizations. The concept of PSOs is to collect data on medical harm while shielding the information from the public in order to encourage reporting by hospitals and doctors. All information obtained by the PSO’s is confidential and voluntary, which fails to inform consumers about how well their health care providers are doing on patient safety.
NY Comptroller finds many hospitals underreport medical errors
A comprehensive study issued today by the Office of the Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr., found that many New York City hospitals substantially underreport “adverse events” to the New York State Department of Health (DOH).Source: Office of the New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. (March 10, 2009)
Like Night and Day – Shedding Light on Off-Hours Care
The consequences of service deficiencies during off-hours include higher mortality and readmission rates, more surgical complications, and more medical errors. Given the health care industry’s renewed focus on ensuring patient safety and providing high-quality medical care, why hasn’t the situation changed at the “other hospital”?Source: New England Journal of Medicine (May 15, 2008)