Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) is urging HHS to finalize regulations that will give the federal government stronger control over healthcare safety issues.
In a letter to HHS, Kennedy calls for the issuance of rules mandated through the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, which was signed into law but has yet to be implemented. The act included provisions for the creation of patient-safety organizations that would collect and analyze confidential adverse-event data reported by healthcare providers. The goal was to identify the causes of adverse events and develop solutions to reduce errors in healthcare facilities.
Kennedy expressed dismay at the delay in the regulation review process, as well as for the delay in a response to his earlier request for a timeline detailing the acts development.
Over four months ago, I wrote to you about my concern that the regulations for this law had not been finalized I am extremely disappointed and troubled to discover that today, the regulations have still not been issued, and the timeline I requested has not been provided to me, Kennedy wrote. -- by Jean DerGurahian
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