It’s too bad the Times didn’t give this malpractice story more prominent play. It’s so darn difficult to get any substantive news out of Albany and here was an example of some. We hope Kaplan stays on this story and broadens it to investigate what, if anything, New York’s hospitals—which are about to get a gift from the state—are doing to reduce errors and help victims and their families when bad care is given. In other words, what are they doing to make care safer? What are they doing for those who’ve been injured? That’s something potential patients just may want to know, especially if they are going to have trouble getting to court. Perhaps they will want to choose the hospitals that are doing the most to head off errors and avoid those that are doing little or nothing. Some old fashioned consumer journalism, with a chart showing the safety activities of all the state’s hospitals, might be in order.

Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review. She is the lead writer for The Second Opinion, CJR’s healthcare desk, which is part of our United States Project on the coverage of politics and policy. Follow her on Twitter @Trudy_Lieberman.