CMS Unveils Hospital Violations Database

A searchable online database of federal safety rule violations at U.S. hospitals has been launched by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. It is available to healthcare providers, payers, and patients.

2 comments on "CMS Unveils Hospital Violations Database"
Susan Reese (3/19/2013 at 2:21 PM)

Bravo!! Maybe this will cause hospitals to take a look at their 'top-down' processes and begin their conversations with, How would that affect the nursing staff and patient care? Nurses are the 'eyes and ears' and 24/7 care provider. Ask any nurse if they have an idea how to reduce patient harm, the answer would be, yes! So, if this is true, why don't hospital administrators listen? Probably, because they haven't asked. A nurse can never say, "I can't take another patient right now because it would jepordize patient safety" or "No, I can't work another 4 hours on top of this 12-hour shift". Fatique and inadequate staffing are major contributors to situations which lead to patient harm. These comments are from a nurse with 30 year's of hospital experience
jsilver (3/18/2013 at 12:17 PM)

Long overdue! Hospitals must learn that they do not have a right to provide healthcare services- they are granted that right by the citizens of the states in which they provide services. The citizens have a right to know what's going on, and given the IOM report from 1999 showing that a fully loaded 747 is crashing every day in our country (98,000 lives a year) and that we now know that 2 747's are closer to that truth, CMS has both a moral and oversight repsonsibility to get this information out. CMS should TELL JCAHO what to do if they want to keep surveying hospitals, not ask. I applaud all the efforts by CMS to provide safe and effective care to all Americans. Dr. John Silver


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