By Jonathan Springston, Editor, AHC Media

Medication errors are the largest class of medical errors in healthcare today, and the most common cause of unnecessary readmissions. CMS said that drug-related adverse outcomes occur in 1.9 million inpatient stays, almost 5% of all admissions. In addition to inpatient stays, there are approximately 838,000 outpatients annually who experience a drug-related adverse event. Hospitals that spend more resources on medication issues generally demonstrate lower rates of adverse events.

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