2020 Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting: Updated Acute Care Reporting Rates


  • Shawn Kepner, MS Patient Safety Authority




acute care, patient safety, reporting rates, fall rates, hospitals, ambulatory surgical facilities


In our recent article summarizing 2020 data from acute care facilities in Pennsylvania, reporting rates and fall rates were provided for Q1 and Q2 2020 based on the latest data we had available at the time of publication. Given that 2020 was an unpredictable year in healthcare, any forecasting of rates for Q3 and Q4 2020 would have been unreliable. Therefore, this data snapshot serves to complete reporting rates for 2020 now that all hospital patient days and surgical encounters data from 2020 have been made available for rate calculations.

Author Biography

Shawn Kepner, MS, Patient Safety Authority

Shawn Kepner (shawkepner@pa.gov) is a statistician at the Patient Safety Authority.


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Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (MCARE) Act, Pub. L. No. 154 Stat. 13 (2002). https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/Documents/Laws%20and%20Regulations/Act%2013%20of%202002.pdf.

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How to Cite

Kepner, S. (2021). 2020 Pennsylvania Patient Safety Reporting: Updated Acute Care Reporting Rates. Patient Safety, 3(4), 54–56. https://doi.org/10.33940/data/2021.12.6



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