Summary: S.2743 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (06/15/2000)

Voluntary Error Reduction and Improvement in Patient Safety Act - Establishes within the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality the Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety to promote patient safety through the establishment of a patient safety information infrastructure and evidence base. Requires the: (1) Center to serve as a central, publicly accessible clearinghouse for patient safety information; and (2) Agency Director to establish a formal process to gather information on priorities, methodologies, and approaches for medical errors and patient safety research.

Requires the Director to establish a: (1) National Patient Safety Reporting System, allowing any individual or entity to report an adverse patient safety event; and (2) National Patient Safety Surveillance System, allowing health care organizations to submit reports of adverse patient safety events, event analyses, and corrective actions taken. Requires the confidentiality of information gathered through either System.

Requires the Director to establish Centers of Patient Safety Improvement to conduct research on medical errors and interventions or strategies to reduce such errors.

Prohibits a health care organization from discharging or otherwise discriminating against a worker providing information to either of the Systems or disclosing patient care information to an appropriate regulatory agency, accrediting body, or organization management personnel. Provides for enforcement through the Secretary of Labor.

Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop and implement within the Department of Health and Human Services a medical care best-practices process. Requires the Director of the Office of Personnel Management to develop: (1) a process for determining which best practices to apply to the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program; and (2) measures to rate Program plans on patient safety improvement activities.