The $17.1 billion problem: the annual cost of measurable medical errors.

  title={The \$17.1 billion problem: the annual cost of measurable medical errors.},
  author={Jill Van Den Bos and Karan Rustagi and Travis K. Gray and Michael M. Halford and Eva Ziemkiewicz and J. Shreve},
  journal={Health affairs},
  volume={30 4},
At a minimum, high-quality health care is care that does not harm patients, particularly through medical errors. The first step in reducing the large number of harmful medical errors that occur today is to analyze them. We used an actuarial approach to measure the frequency and costs of measurable US medical errors, identified through medical claims data. This method focuses on the analysis of comparative rates of illness, using mathematical models to assess the risk of occurrence and to… CONTINUE READING
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