The Power of One: Clinical Practice in Neurogenics: Public Policy and You: Consumer Rights/Consumer Protections The topic of Consumer Health Care Rights and Protections has been increasingly on the minds of legislators and reporters. A recent article in the Boston Globe discussed the United States Inspector General report on the new mechanisms being utilized for monitoring the quality of hospital care. “Starting April 1, 1999 ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 1999
The Power of One: Clinical Practice in Neurogenics: Public Policy and You: Consumer Rights/Consumer Protections
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The Power of One: Clinical Practice in Neurogenics
Article   |   October 01, 1999
The Power of One: Clinical Practice in Neurogenics: Public Policy and You: Consumer Rights/Consumer Protections
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 1999, Vol. 9, 36. doi:10.1044/nnsld9.4.36
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 1999, Vol. 9, 36. doi:10.1044/nnsld9.4.36
The topic of Consumer Health Care Rights and Protections has been increasingly on the minds of legislators and reporters. A recent article in the Boston Globe discussed the United States Inspector General report on the new mechanisms being utilized for monitoring the quality of hospital care. “Starting April 1, 1999 the Joint Commission on Coordination of Health Care (JCAH) said it would no longer penalize self-reports of serious error, such as unexpected deaths, permanent disabilities, and wrong-limb surgeries.” Richard A. Knox of the Boston Globe noted that since the change from the punitive “gotcha” to the collegial self-reporting method, “the number of mistakes reported has increased from 36 to 115, while the numbers of hospitals penalized has decreased from 146 to 3.” The Inspector General’s report specifically raised the issue of further erosion of consumer protection. What can members do to protect their patients’ and their own consumer rights?
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