Surgery centers don't have to report deaths in 17 states - Bio-Defense Network
Aug 2018

Surgery centers don’t have to report deaths in 17 states

USA Today and Kaiser Health News investigation found that surgery centers operate under such an uneven mix of rules across U.S. states that fatalities or serious injuries can result in no warning to government officials, much less to potential patients. The gaps in oversight enable centers hit with federal regulators’ toughest sanctions to keep operating, according to interviews, a review of hundreds of pages of court filings and government records obtained under open records laws. No rule stops a doctor exiled by a hospital for misconduct from opening a surgery center down the street.


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