The National Conference of Insurance Legislators at its annual winter meeting approved a Patient Safety Model Act requiring reporting of health care providers' errors.

The measure approved at NCOIL's conference in San Diego last week complements a resolution passed two years ago dealing with the legal process reform for medical malpractice litigation by calling for "reasonable" caps on pain and suffering damages.

Candace Thorson, NCOIL deputy executive director, said the lawmakers felt after the tort reform resolution that the whole medical malpractice issue embraced other facets such as medical errors and overall patient safety protection.

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