New Jersey hospitals and other providers must report serious medical errors to the state health department under a new law that supporters say will pave the way to the strongest reporting system in the nation.
The law, signed by Gov. James McGreevey, offers legal protection to healthcare workers who report errors and shields certain hospital-generated information from legal discovery.
Hospitals are required to report all instances defined by the law as serious adverse events to an internal hospital committee and the state health department. The department will use the data to help determine causes of medical errors and identify preventive measures.