Clinton Medicare Rx Benefit To Add Medical Error Reduction Component
President Clinton's updated Medicare drug benefit proposal for 2000 will highlight the importance of reducing clinical errors, Office of Management & Budget Associate Director-Health and Personnel Daniel Mendelson told the National Congress on the Future of Pharmaceuticals in Medical Care Dec. 9 in Washington, D.C.
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