President Bush signed into law an act that will create a national database on medical errors, designate individual reports as confidential and shield participating providers from liability. Patient-safety organizations will collect voluntary reports from providers, analyze the data and recommend steps to avoid future mistakes. Providers said the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act eliminates barriers to reporting errors and ultimately will lead to better patient care. The law allows providers to focus on "solving problems rather than worrying about lawsuits," Chip Kahn, president of the Federation of American Hospitals, said in a news release. The bill passed the House Wednesday and the Senate last week. -- by Tony Fong
Bush signs law to create medical-errors database
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