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Obama Administration Unveils New Initiative To Reduce Medical Errors

The new, $1 billion patient-safety program comes on the heels of a recent study that found one in three Americans admitted to hospitals will experience some type of medical error or accident.

Los Angeles Times: White House Targets Medical Errors
The Obama administration announced a broad new initiative Tuesday to reduce medical errors, partnering with private insurers, business leaders, hospitals and patient advocates to tackle a problem that kills thousands of Americans every year ( Levey, 4/13).

PBS Newshour (video): Obama Administration Introduces Plan to Reduce Preventable Medical Errors
The Obama administration announced a new patient-safety program Tuesday on the heels of medical journal Health Affairs publishing a study showing that one in three people admitted to hospitals suffers a medical error or accident. Margaret Warner talks with Heath Affairs' Susan Dentzer about the study and the new plan (4/12).

Minnesota Public Radio: Obama Challenges Hospitals To Dramatically Cut Mistakes, Readmissions
The head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, Dr. Donald Berwick, said if one medical center in one part of the country can reduce medical errors, others can too. "If Nationwide Childrens' Hospital in Columbus can reduce surgical complications by 60 percent, why can't all Americans benefit in life and health and security from the very best care known to any America," Berwick said (Stawicki, 4/12).

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