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– KANSAS –
Public and Private Policy
Medical Errors and Patient Safety

Physician Participation

  • •  Physician Role in ‘Reportable Incident’ Reporting

    K.S.A. 65-4923(a) stipulates that if a health care provider, or a medical care facility agent or employee has “knowledge that a health care provider has committed a reportable incident”, then [he / she] “shall report such knowledge...

    Furthermore, it is clear that the definition of a “reportable incident” is “an act by a health care provider.” As such, health care providers are the target of the error reporting system.

    Based on the definitions provided in K.A.R. 28-52-4, presumed ‘system’ errors within the medical facility that are not attributed to any health care provider or errors that meet the ‘standard-of-care’ test are not reported and/or do not require reporting.

    Perusal of the ‘Reportable Incident Information’ that is required on the Risk Management Report Form confirms that the only information required is the Incident Number, the date, the name and certification number of the physician provider, a narrative description of the incident, and questions addressing the Standard Of Care (SOC) guidelines of the regulations. Those incidents satisfying guideline criteria #3 or #4 must be reported.

    • 1.  Standard of Care (SOC) met
    • 2.  Standard of Care (SOC) not met, but with no reasonable probability of causing injury;
    • 3.  Standard of Care (SOC) not met, with injury occurring or reasonably probable; or
    • 4.  Possible grounds for disciplinary action by the appropriate licensing agency.
  • •  Physician Profiles

    Physicians, along with 13 other types of healthcare professionals, are licensed and regulated by The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KSBHA). It is independent of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Kansas has no requirement for reporting detailed physician profile information to the Public.

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