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Preventable Medical Errors

Posted on Sep 18, 2014

Although it is well known that 440,000 people are killed due to preventable medical errors in the U.S. every year, for a time, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) stopped tracking and publicly reporting data on serious medical mistakes that can lead to death.

After an outcry from patient safety advocates and a lot of media scrutiny, CMS reversed this decision recently.  It will now compile and publish this patient safety data.

While this is a step in the right direction - for accountability of hospitals and promoting patient safety - it is still difficult to find out how safe your local hospital is, even with the CMS guide  on choosing a safe hospital for you or your family.