Plan Reduces Legal Risk For Drs. Who Report Errors

Law360, New York (February 14, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has proposed regulations aimed at encouraging doctors and hospitals to report medical errors without fear of legal liability.

The 2005 Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act authorized the creation of Patient Safety Organizations that would enable the voluntary and confidential reporting of patient safety issues.

Rules published in the Federal Register this week outline how PSOs would work. The public comment period continues to April 14.

The proposal includes procedures for organizing a PSO and reporting incidents....
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