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Capitol Health Call
November 9, 2005

Saying Sorry

JAMA. 2005;294(18):2292. doi:10.1001/jama.294.18.2292-b

Legislation introduced last month in the Senate could limit increases in medical malpractice premiums while reducing medical errors and improving patient safety by having physicians and hospitals promptly admit their mistakes.

The “National Medical Error Disclosure and Compensation Act,” introduced on September 28 by senators Barack Obama (D, Ill) and Hillary Rodham Clinton (D, NY), comes at a time when Congress remains in a stalemate over passage of legislation capping noneconomic “pain and suffering” damages as a way to curtail professional liability premium hikes.