Regulating Patient Safety: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Analysis of patient safety rests on four basic propositions. First, patient injury (ranging from minor injuries to death) is a recurring feature of health care and negatively affects roughly one in every ten patients, according to a systematic review of the literature. Findings by the Inspector General within the Medicare context support this estimated patient-injury rate. As these statistics attest, patient injury eludes easy solutions.
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