Although a study conducted 10 years ago stated that a mandatory nationwide reporting system for medical errors was imperative, one still does not exist today. The AMA and the American Hospital Association vehemently opposed an attempt by President Clinton to create a mandatory reporting system for serious errors. The groups launched a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign that said mandatory reporting would drive medical errors underground. If medical errors and infections were better tracked, they would top the list of accidental deaths. The recent study by Hearst Newspapers state that approximately 99,000 patients a year die as a result medical error. To read more about the mandatory reporting system, please click the links.