New Jersey Senate Unanimously Passes Bill Mandating Hospitals Publicly Disclose Preventable Medical Errors

March 26, 2009

The New Jersey Senate unanimously passed a bill requiring the state to publicly report preventable patient-safety errors at all New Jersey hospitals, CongressDaily reports. The measure builds on legislation passed in 2004 mandating that hospitals report errors to the state. The new measure requires the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services to include in annual hospital performance reports certain patient-safety indicators and preventable medical errors for each hospital. The legislation also would ban physicians and hospitals from charging patients or third-party payers for medical errors or hospital-acquired conditions that are ineligible for reimbursement under CMS’ medical error guidelines. The bill is now being considered by the state Assembly (CongressDaily, 3/23).
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Understanding Medication Errors One Way To Help Improve Quality Of Care

January 18, 2009

Urologic nurses must possess a basic understanding of how to analyze and report medication errors. In the December 2008 issue of Urologic Nursing, Rodney W. Hicks, Shawn Coniff Becker and Dorothy Greene Jackson discuss tools available for evaluating and reporting medication errors.

The National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP) Taxonomy of Medication Errors, a comprehensive tool for evaluating medication errors, and several national medication error reporting programs are used to understand why and how medication errors occur, report Hicks and co-authors.
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