A bill that would guarantee confidentiality for healthcare providers reporting medical errors passed the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee by voice vote. A full Senate vote has not been scheduled. Under the bipartisan Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act, sponsored by Sen. James Jeffords (Ind-Vt.), designated patient-safety organizations would collect error reports, identify trends and distribute information to providers on avoiding errors. The bill died in conference committee last year after being passed by the House and Senate. It has not been reintroduced in the House. -- by Tony Fong
Senate committee OKs medical-errors reporting bill
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