Health Law

Ensuring Patient Safety With Hospital Report Cards

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, The Legal Intelligencer

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One of the mysteries of the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act signed into law by Gov. Mark Schweiker on March 20, 2002, was what it would do for patient safety. MCARE has grown into a highly professional component of health care in Pennsylvania. Hospitals and covered medical entities are required to have patient safety plans and to provide reports concerning "incidents" and "serious events."

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