The Utah And Minnesota Incident Reporting

764 Words Aug 3rd, 2015 4 Pages
Preventable health care errors contribute to at least 44,000 deaths per year, increasing the cost of health care and limiting public trust. The Adverse Health Event Law passed in 2003 requires disclosure and examination of specific unfavorable events with corrective action plans with some aspects shared publically in order to educate consumers about health care facilities issues and improvements (MDH 2015).
Review of the Utah and Minnesota Incident reporting mandates provided various state statutes and reporting responsibilities to the state’s government and regulatory agencies. Reports of adverse events must be reported in various methods among states. For example, Utah and Minnesota require each individual facility, hospital, outpatient centers, and clinics, to report the adverse events that occur at the particular facility. Specifically, in Minnesota if the Boards that regulate physicians, nurses, podiatrist, physician assistants, and/or pharmacists are aware of an adverse event, the specific board holds the responsibility to report the events to the Minnesota Department of Health. Adverse events consist of defined elements within states in the categories of surgical, product or device, patient protection, case management, environmental, and potential criminal events, essentially providing events that produce irreversible patient harm. However, differences among these two states exist as Utah provides more specific descriptions in the case management events involving…
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