State Responses to the Problem of Medical Errors: An Analysis of Recent State Legislative Proposals

This report analyzes the 61 medical error-related bills introduced by state policy makers in 2001. It also provides up-to-date information on bills introduced or enacted during the 1999 and 2000 sessions, including information on how states are implementing laws enacted in 1999 and 2000. State proposals to reduce medical errors fall into eight categories, reflecting the key strategies state policy makers are using to address the problem in their respective jurisdictions. These strategies include: system-wide analysis; reporting systems; conditions of licensure; medication error reduction; minimum staffing requirements; financial incentives; appropriations; and public disclosure requirements.


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