Encouraging error reporting

An article in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports the results of a survey of hospital CEOs in states with mandatory reporting of errors and public disclosure, states with mandatory reporting but no public disclosure, and states without mandatory reporting.

Not surprisingly, hospital execs prefer not to have public reporting. However it was interesting that 22% of execs in states with public reporting support reporting of the hospital name compared to 4-6% in the other states. Maybe it’s something you get used to.

In a future post I will draw lessons for healthcare from the airline industry’s near miss reporting system.

March 16, 2005

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