Washington

The Washington State Department of Health instituted a reporting requirement for adverse events in 1999. Legislation was enacted in 2006 to codify reporting of adverse events.  The legislation requires the establishment of an adverse health event and incident reporting system designed to facilitate quality improvement in the health care system, improve patient safety, and decrease medical errors in a nonpunitive manner.  The department of health is required to contract with a qualified independent entity to carry out the activities specified.

 

Authorizing statutes or regulations
Authorizing statutes or regulations
User’s guide for facilities
User’s guide for facilities