Next fall, patients will be able to report adverse events in a limited time. They’ll be able to initiate an investigation with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality if they feel they were given the wrong medication or suffered a negative patient outcome. The report will then go to the RAND Corporation and the ECRI Institute, which investigates medical errors.
While originally supportive of the idea, the American Hospital Association touted the empowerment of patients when the idea was originally proposed last year. Original story is here.
Now that the program is about to begin comes the warning that patients don’t have the background to assess what’s an adverse event and may merely complain when they’re not satisfied.
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