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CT health officials say adverse report data might not tell the whole story

Hartford Courant, March 2, 2010

Publicizing serious medical mishaps would not help consumers judge the safety of Connecticut's hospitals and surgical centers because of wide variations among medical facilities, a state public health official testified in opposition to a bill that would add transparency to Connecticut's adverse-event reporting law. The testimony came as the legislature's Public Health Committee considers a bill that would make the details of all reported adverse events publicly available. The proposal would eliminate a confidentiality provision added in 2004 to Connecticut's adverse event law; a revision that now keeps most reports secret, the Hartford Courant reports.