California Hospitals Fined for Alleged Immediate Jeopardy Mistakes

California health officials fined 13 hospitals a total of $650,000 Wednesday for 16 “immediate jeopardy” medical mistakes that caused or could have caused patient harm, including at least three that may have led to patient deaths.

“In issuing these administrative penalties, our goal . . . is to improve the quality of healthcare at all California hospitals,” said Kathleen Billingsley, deputy director of the California Department of Public Health. “We want California hospitals to be successful in their efforts to reduce hospital acquired infections, decrease medical errors and eliminate surgical errors.”

States are starting to crack down on medical errors with punitive actions . Maybe this will drive adoption of pre-surgical checklists, etc….

We’ll see…


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