The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act in an effort to enhance medical care and to establish a mechanism for the voluntary reporting of medical errors to “patient safety organizations.”
This legislation should aid in detecting, correcting, and preventing medical errors and will protect those who report errors without triggering lawsuits.
This landmark legislation, signed by President Bush, will establish a national patient safety database. The bill, S.544, was sponsored by Senator Jim Jeffords, I-Vermont.
The reporting system will cost about $58 million over the next five years.