Over Half of Adverse Events in Long-Term Care Hospitals Are Preventable, Says OIG
December 14, 2018 | Aging Services Risk, Quality, & Safety Guidance
Twenty-one percent of Medicare patients in long-term care hospitals experienced adverse events, and an additional 25% experienced temporary harm events, according to the Office of Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In addition, over half of these adverse and temporary harm events were clearly or likely preventable, according to a November 2018 report. OIG examined the medical records of 587 Medicare beneficiaries admitted to long-term care hospitals in March 2014.