Congress stepped outside the Beltway last week to hear what patients, state officials and health experts had to say about medical errors. Sen. James Jeffords (R-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Health and Education Committee (right), was the first member of Congress to hold a medical-errors hearing in his home state. John Brumsted, M.D., chief medical officer at 481-bed Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., testified that quality is one of the top priorities of hospitals nationwide but added that more should be done to prevent and address medical errors. One federal healthcare official, John Eisenberg, M.D., told Jeffords that the Clinton administration would state its position next week on what exactly should be done about medical errors (See story, p. 32). Eisenberg is administrator of HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Medical-errors hearings on the move
Board to examine cost-cutting options; political agenda expected to be unaffected
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