Maryland hospital fined for failing to report errors

Patient Safety Monitor Insider

June 17, 2009

For the first time since the state began requiring hospitals to report serious medical errors five years ago, Maryland fined Doctors' Community Hospital for failing to report the death of one patient and seven other suffered serious harm last year, reports The Washington Post. The hospital paid a $30,000 fine last month, which was reduced from a penalty of $95,000. The reduction was made because the hospital said it would use the remaining funds to better develop its patient safety system.

State investigators found that not only did the hospital fail to report these errors, adequate systems for finding why the errors occurred were not employed and the errors were not given the serious classifications they deserved.

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