Hospital chief executive officers and chief operating officers generally thought nonconfidential, mandatory errors reporting would do more harm than good, according to a report in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association. Sixty-nine percent of CEOs and COOs surveyed said a nonconfidential, mandatory system would discourage reporting of patient-safety incidents internally. Seventy-nine percent said they thought it would encourage lawsuits, and 73% said it would have no effect or a negative effect on patient safety. Responses were received from 203 of 320 randomly selected hospitals in six states -- two states with mandatory, publicly disclosed reporting; two with mandatory but confidential reporting; and two without mandatory systems. At deadline, Wednesday's JAMA was not available on the journal's Web site. -- by Cinda Becker
Survey: Confidentiality essential to errors reporting
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