Maryland

The Office of Health Care Quality (OHCQ) of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene administers the mandatory reporting system in Maryland.  Maryland hospitals are now required to have policies facilitating the internal reporting of “near misses” in addition to adverse events, and root cause analyses must be performed on all near misses and adverse events.   Facilities are also required to craft and implement plans to prevent these serious problems from recurring.

To help prevent adverse events, OHCQ collaborates with the Maryland Patient Safety Center, an AHRQ-recognized patient safety organization.

 

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