CHICAGO - A new annual licensing fee for hospitals that's taking effect in Illinois will now fund a system for reporting medical errors that was established by state law back in 2005.
Crain's Chicago Business reports the new fee will raise about $1.7 million annually. The fee was part of legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn last week.
The fee of $55 per hospital bed will fund a system for hospitals to report mistakes. The idea is to improve patient safety by analyzing how errors occur.
A portion of the money collected will go toward new safety measures and addressing patient complaints. Rural hospitals, and those deemed to treat poor patients, are exempt from the fees.