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Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act

Congress was considering legislation that clearly intended to hide all medical errors and adverse events from public view – treating serious adverse events the same as “near misses.” The proposal also threatened to hide other important quality of care information that is already publicized by many states, including hospital infection rates. Consumers Union was working to amend the legislation in order to retain the ability of states to inform the public about the quality of care provided by hospitals and physicians, such as hospital infection rates and outcome measures on specific medical procedures.