New Jersey Mandates Fuller Hospital Medical Malpractice Disclosures

side note: New Jersey’s mandate to disclose all errors could have significant impact on medical malpractice insurance premiums for doctors practicing in the Garden State.

Insurance Journal

New Jersey hospitals will soon have to make public more detailed information on medical errors.

The legislation — which also bars hospitals from charging insurers or patients for procedures to correct certain medical mistakes or hospital-acquired conditions — was signed into law Monday by Gov. Jon S. Corzine.

Proponents say it will allow the public to make more informed health care choices and entice poorer performing hospitals to improve patient safety, though critics say medical mistakes are not always the hospital’s fault.

“Everybody needs a report card to see how they are performing _ I get one from the public every two years when I run for election, and the hospitals will benefit from one as well” Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, D-Turnersville, said Friday. He sponsored the measure along with colleagues Linda Greenstein, D-Hamilton, Lou Greenwald, D-Voorhees, Nilsa Cruz Perez, D-Barrington, and Herb Conaway, D-Delanco.

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