(Story updated at 7 p.m. ET with comment from the American Hospital Association.)
The Association of Health Care Journalists has launched a public website it says contains thousands of hospital patient-safety incident reports gathered by the CMS since January 2011.
The website, www.hospitalinspections.org, hosts copies of Form CMS-2567, Statement of Deficiencies and Plan of Correction, which is used by hospitals to report patient-safety incidents. It is searchable by state, by hospitals within states, and by specific search terms such as the type of patient-safety event, for example, “medication error.”
The “vast majority of the survey reports” in the database were from so-called “focused surveys” conducted by state survey agencies responding to serious complaints made by patients or staff or others, according to a set of questions and answers supplied by the CMS.
The release of the safety-incident reports “follows years of advocacy by AHCJ urging the government to release the deficiency reports in an electronic format,” the association said in a news release.