Feds: 59 Percent of Adverse/Harm Events at Skilled Nursing Facilities Preventable

An estimated 22 percent of Medicare beneficiaries experience adverse events during their stays at skilled nursing facilities, according to a just released report from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General. In addition, the OIG found that 11 percent of Medicare beneficiaries experienced temporary harm events during their SNF stays. Most significantly, 59 percent of these adverse events and temporary harm events "were clearly or likely preventable," the report concluded.

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