Press Release

AHA Statement on the HHS' Office of the Inspector General's Report on Adverse Events in Hospitals

Rich Umbdenstock
President and CEO
American Hospital Association

While hospitals have made great strides in improving care, this report highlights that there is more we can do.  Hospitals are already engaged in important projects designed to improve patient care in many of the areas mentioned in the report.  We are committed to taking additional needed steps to improve patient care.  That is why we support the report's recommendations for further research to improve our understanding of what caused the error and how to prevent it from happening again.

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