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Hospitals must inform patients of errors

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7303.9/a (Published 07 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:9
  1. Deborah Josefson
  1. San Francisco

    Hospitals in the United States have been told that they must inform patients of medical errors, in new rules issued by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), a non-profit making group that monitors 11000 hospitals and 19000 healthcare organisations nationwide.

    Hospitals that do not comply may lose their accreditation or face steep fines. Currently only Veteran's Administration hospitals, which care for US armed forces veterans, are required to inform patients of medical errors.

    The new rules took effect on 1 …

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