Minnesota has become the first state to adopt all of the error-reporting standards set by the National Quality Forum. Under a new law, the Minnesota Department of Health will collect information from hospitals on 27 different types of medical errors and adverse events, including wrong-site surgery, medication mistakes and blood-type errors. Data about the number and type of reported events will be shared with the state Legislature and the public. While giving its go-ahead to the error-reporting system, the Legislature did not appropriate money to fund it. An official said the Minnesota Hospital Association will seek grants and donations to support the program, expected to cost about $300,000 a year. About $115,000 is needed for initial implementation, which could occur by fall if the money is raised. During a two-year transition period, hospitals will report data to the MHA, which will aggregate the data and turn it over to the health department. -- by Michael Romano
Minn. to require error reporting under new law
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