Patient safety bill gets House nod, moves to president for approval

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The patient safety bill sailed through the House this week, clearing its last hurdle on the way to the president for approval.

Last week the Senate passed bill, which aims to reduce medical errors and encourage reporting of healthcare mistakes to patient safety organization.

The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act would have health care officials voluntarily report medical errors to patient safety organizations, which would use a network of computer databases to analyze the information and make recommendations on ways to improve healthcare. The information would be treated as privileged and confidential and could not be used for prosecution.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the 5-year cost of the data collection system at about $58 million.