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Bryan calls for law to reduce medical errors

by staff

WASHINGTON – Sen. Richard Bryan, D-Nev., says he and other senators are working on legislation designed to dramatically reduce medical errors.

“This legislation will be a first attempt at correcting the staggering number of deadly medical errors that occur every year in this country,” he said.

According to an Institute of Medicine report, as many as 98,000 Americans die each year from preventable medical errors, making mistakes the eighth leading cause of death in the U.S.

Bryan said those errors also cost at least $8.8 billion a year.

He said a bipartisan coalition of senators has pledged to seek broad reforms in how Medicare and Medicaid are administered as well as changes in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the Veterans Administration and Department of Defense TriCare program. Those programs combine to cover 90 million Americans.

Bryan said details are still being developed but that the coalition is discussing a national reporting system for such medical errors.

“The bottom line is that we have got to do better and this bipartisan coalition is committed to implementing the proper reforms to dramatically improve this bleak situation.”