Medical Xpress May 12, 2022
Ken Alltucker

One in four older Americans covered by Medicare had some type of temporary or lasting harm during hospital stays before the COVID-19 pandemic, government investigators said in an oversight report published Thursday.

The report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General said 12% of had “adverse events” that mainly led to longer stays but also , death, or required life-saving intervention. Another 13% had temporary issues that could have caused further complications had not acted.

Investigators reviewed the of 770 Medicare patients discharged from 629 hospitals in 2018 to formulate a national rate on how often patients were harmed, whether preventable or not. An earlier Inspector General...

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