Case Management

News: OIG to CMS, AHRQ: Help hospitals determine incident reports

Case Management Weekly, January 11, 2012

The OIG found that hospital incident reporting systems only capture an estimated 14% of adverse events involving Medicare beneficiaries, according to a report released by the OIG on January 6.

Of the remaining 86%, hospital staffs believed the events either did not qualify as reportable or thought another staff member had reported the incident. Furthermore, few hospitals made policy or practice changes upon investigating the reported events.

The OIG recommended that CMS and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) develop a list of potentially reportable events for hospitals to use as a guide for determining reportable events, according to the report. CMS should also analyze survey standards for assessing hospital compliance with requirements for tracking adverse events. Both CMS and AHRQ concurred with the finding of the OIG and will work jointly to strengthen reporting practices in the future.

Read the complete report on the OIG website.

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