In California, 20% of patients who have died were still being shown as alive with a serious illness in their medical records, leading to wasteful outreach and strain on hospital workers’ time, MedicalXpress December 4 reports. The findings were originally published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Due to a California state law that makes full death data available only to law enforcement or fraud prevention purposes, this data is not available to health organizations, leading to serious gaps. As a result of this disconnect, healthcare workers were engaged in hundreds of needless interactions around appointment reminders, prescription refills, and other procedures.
Among the findings:
According to the UCLA researchers, the problem impacts all California hospitals as well as some in other states and should help to spur review of California and other health system records to maintain accuracy and limit waste.Read More >>