Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Hospital Inspection Violations

The Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ) recently launched a unique, free database containing documents detailing about 8,000 serious federal safety rule violations—many of which have caused serious patient harm or death—at about 1,000 U.S. hospitals since January, 2011. The publicly accessible database includes the results of government investigations into complaints about acute-care and rural hospitals. It allows users to search by keywords or phrases to:

  • Find which hospitals had incidents severe enough to warrant federal investigations;
  • Determine how often errors of a particular type occurred; and
  • Learn whether a patient death was involved.
The database does NOT include:
  • The results of complaint investigations into psychiatric hospitals or long-term care facilities;
  • Routine inspection reports; or
  • Hospitals' correction plans, which are required to continue receiving federal reimbursement.

Learn more:

Note: While a number of Virginia hospitals are listed, there are no reports of violations for Fauquier Hospital (which IS listed in Medicare's Hospital Compare database).

~ Alison -- Electronic Resources Librarian

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