Malpractice and other adverse events affect one in seven Medicare patients

A new study from the Office of Inspector General of the US Health and Human Services Department estimates that one in seven Medicare patients in hospitals — or some 134,000 patients per month — are hurt by “adverse events” in hospitals.

Nearly half of those events are preventable, based on reviews by doctors, the report says.

Read the summary of the report here.

And here is a USA Today story about the report.

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