Lawmaker To Introduce Patient Safety Bill With Error Reporting Requirement

Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, will introduce legislation creating a mechanism "to monitor medical errors and have a mandatory reporting requirement" for hospitals and doctors that make mistakes, Modern Healthcare reports. Braley said he is "disappointed that the White House has not made patient safety a priority." The legislation is based on the Institute of Medicine's "landmark report To Err is Human (which) estimated that medical errors cost the nation $17 billion to $29 billion every year, and that preventable errors kill 98,000 Americans annually" (Lubell, 10/21).

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