A startling number of adverse events affect Medicare beneficiaries in hospitals, according to a study from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General. Based on a random sample of 780 beneficiaries discharged during October 2008, the OIG estimates:

* 13.5 percent of beneficiaries experienced adverse events during their hospital stay--prorated to 134,000 beneficiaries experiencing at least one adverse event during that single month;

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