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Sen. Jeffords To Hold Three Patient Safety Hearings On IoM And GAO Reports

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Senate Health Committee Chairman Jeffords (R-Vt.) will hold at least three hearings in the coming session to discuss medical errors and patient safety, with one specifically focused on adverse drug events.

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Medical errors hearing

Senate Health Committee Jan. 25 hearing on the Institute of Medicine report on medical errors will include testimony from Harvard's Lucian Leape, MD, one of the IoM study authors, as well as former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop and Olympic gold medallist Gail Deavers, a medical error victim. A second panel will include American Nurses Association President Mary Foley, Pacific Business Group on Health Medical Director Arnold Milstein, MD, and representatives from the American Medical Association and American Hospital Association. Committee Chairman Jeffords (R-Vt.) is expected to hold at least two more hearings on the topic of patient safety (1"The Pink Sheet" Jan. 10, p. 15)

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