30 Percent of Rehab Hospital Patients Suffer Harm

Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Jul 22, 2016 in Medical Malpractice

nurse giving patient medicineA government report found that nearly 30 percent of people on Medicare who spent time at an inpatient rehab facility suffered medication errors , hospital-acquired infections or other care-related harm.

The report from the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) found that nearly half of these adverse events could have been prevented. The adverse events were related to substandard treatment and insufficient monitoring of patients, according to doctors.

About 25 percent of rehab patients who suffered care-related harm had to visit an acute-care hospital for further treatment. These transfers cost Medicare $7.7 million per month.

The rate of care-related harm at rehab facilities is slightly higher than the rate at skilled nursing facilities, according to a 2014 OIG report. That report also found that nearly 60 percent of care-related harm was likely preventable.

The OIG report comes in the wake of recommendations from the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association that stroke patients get follow-up treatment at rehab facilities instead of skilled nursing facilities.

HHS recommends that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services works to reduce care-related harm at rehab hospitals. The HHS advises these agencies to collaborate and come up with a list of potential adverse events to try to prevent.

HHS did the study to gain an increased understanding of care-related harm at rehab hospitals, because previously the department had only researched acute-care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.

The OIG report is the result of a review of a nationally representative sample of 417 Medicare beneficiaries who were discharged from rehab hospitals in March 2012.

Have you or a loved been a victim of preventable medical mistakes at a rehab hospital? You may be entitled to receive compensation for the hospital's negligence. The West medical malpractice lawyer s'>Virginia medical malpractice lawyers at Stewart Bell, PLLC have proudly helped many victims of medical malpractice secure fair compensation.

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