A New Jersey bill that would require hospitals to report serious medical errors unanimously passed the state Senate but is unlikely to pass the General Assembly before the legislative session ends Monday, an aide to sponsor state Sen. Joseph Vitale said. Vitale, a Democrat, has prefiled the bill for the new session, which begins Tuesday, and hopes to have a hearing on it by the end of January, said Laurie Cancialos, his aide on healthcare legislation. The bill, called the Patient Safety Act, would require hospitals to report preventable medical errors that kill or seriously injure patients. It also would encourage hospitals to report near-misses and mistakes that don't harm patients and would provide immunity from lawsuits for those lesser errors. It would not provide immunity for errors causing death or serious injury. -- by Modern Physician/MP Stat
N.J. errors bill: Two steps forward, one step back
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