New state Medicaid rule could make hospital errors public

A proposed Medicaid rule would require hospitals in the state to report errors, including never events, to the state Medicaid program (MO HealthNet). Previously, hospitals reported adverse events to the nonprofit Missouri Center for Patient Safety, but they were held confidential and not subject to subpoenas, records requests from disciplinary proceedings or media requests, the Springfield News-Leader reported. The Missouri Hospital Association, which doesn't support or oppose the new rule, said it could create new access to adverse events data that is not through the state's patient safety organization, a spokesman told FierceHealthcare.

As there are no national requirements, Missouri is the only state that requires a contract with a patient safety organization. Article