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Recent report uncovers the reasons for many diagnostic mistakes

"Every year in the United States, nearly 84 percent of all adults and 93 percent of all children make a total of 125.7 million hospital outpatient visits and 884.7 million physician office visits - but on a national scale, it has been estimated that 10-20 percent of all diagnoses for these patients are inaccurate."

That's a startling statistic that was explained by Robert Hanscom, the vice president of Business Analytics for Coverys. Recently, he co-authored a report that looked into the issue of diagnostic mistakes in American hospitals and asked the question, "What are the underlying causes?" Outlined by a March 2018 article for the Claims Journal, we're able to see the result of this research.

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