The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee approved
a bill aimed at preventing medical errors, but the bill was expected to face
an uphill battle on the Senate floor.
Democrats said they want to ensure that the public will be able to access
data collected under the bill's provisions.
That concern was raised by the House bill, which passed in March. That
bill authorizes $25 million annually in grants to health care providers for
projects to track and improve safety.
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