"Public reporting and analysis are the first step in figuring out how to reduce medical errors. (Earlier this month) the House of Representatives voted 418-6 to create a system for doctors and hospitals to voluntarily and in confidence report errors to a federal clearinghouse that would analyze the reports and distill lessons for health workers. The measure is weak. The Senate, which considers it next, should beef up its funding, make the error reporting closer to mandatory and get rid of restrictions that would make it harder than it is now for patients to get information on medical errors from hospitals."
-Los Angeles Times