From time to time, I post about the penalties assessed against California hospitals in their immediate jeapordy program.
This program, which started in 2009, California publicizes incidents in hospitals that violate state licensure requirements and have caused or were likely to cause serious injury or death to a patient.
In the most recent release, 10 hospitals were penalized a combined total of $625,000 with retained surgical objects, patient falls, and medication errors being the top violations. You can read about the specific violations, penalties, and hospitals associated here.
Wonder how many hospitals have been fined since the program started in 2009? Amazingly, 150 of the state's 400 hospitals have been penalized at least once. That represents almost 38% of California's hospitals!
So it is clear that these types of violations are widespread throughout the hospital delivery system and not isolated in only a few troubled facilities. I wonder if we would see a similar pattern in Tennessee hospitals?