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Monday, June 15, 2009

Md. Fines Doctors Community Hospital for Failing to Report Serious Errors

Lanham Hospital Fined for Not Reporting Errors.
Post, 15 Jun 2009 (Rein).
Doctors Community Hospital in Prince George's County has been fined by Maryland health regulators after failing to notify them that a patient had died and that at least seven others suffered serious harm last year as a result of mistakes by the medical staff.

The 185-bed medical surgical hospital in Lanham paid the $30,000 fine last month for violating a Maryland law that requires hospitals to report serious medical errors. State officials agreed to reduce a proposed penalty of $95,000 as long as the hospital uses the remaining $65,000 to develop a patient safety program.

A top state regulator described Doctors' system of reporting errors as "seriously deficient" because of understaffing, a lack of attention to what caused patients to be injured or to die, and the absence of a system to prevent recurrences.

(Posted Jun 2009)

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