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Patient safety legislation. (Policy & Practice).

Another bill attempting to reduce medical errors is the "Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act." The tri-partisan bill from Sen. James Jeffords (I-Vt.), Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.), and Sen. John Breaux (D-La.) would create incentives for voluntary reporting systems that are non-punitive and promote learning. Dr. Sara Walker, president of the American College of Physicians--American Society of Internal Medicine, applauded this provision. "Fear of litigation has driven these types of patient safety discussions behind closed doors for too long." The bill does not intend to change existing remedies available to injured patients, limit patients' access to their medical records, or change current regulatory processes. In addition, there are no plans to add new regulatory requirements, the bill's sponsors said.
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Author:Silverman, Jennifer; Peters, Sally
Publication:Internal Medicine News
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 15, 2002
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