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One Out of Seven Medicare Patients Affected by Medical Mistakes

A new study from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) found that medical errors happen to one of every seven hospitalized patients on Medicare. These medical mistakes cost the federal government over $4.4 billion and cause about 180,000 patient deaths each year - many deaths that could be prevented.

Rhode Island Hospital Fined for Leaving Drill-bit Part in Patient's Head

Rhode Island Hospital has been fined $300,000 for a surgical error that left a piece of broken drill bit in a patient's skull. The Rhode Island Department of Health has twice previously fined the hospital, but this is the largest fine it has received thus far.

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