Patient Safety Week 2012

Patient Safety Week 2012 logoMarch 4 kicks off this year’s Patient Safety Awareness Week. Learn more about PSAW on the website of the Boston-based National Patient Safety Foundation.

Health care providers, advocacy groups, and many others across the country are marking the week with activities to raise awareness about the need to improve patient safety and the improvement work that is happening. Health Care For All’s Consumer Health Quality Council (www.hcfama.org/consumercouncil) has been advocating for health care quality improvement since 2006 and we are proud of the group’s many accomplishments.

The group has had legislative victories, such as requiring Rapid Response Methods and Patient and Family Advisory Councils in all hospitals, and public reporting of, and nonpayment for, serious reportable events and healthcare-associated infections. The group has also created the website The Assertive Patient with resources for consumers who have had a difficult health care experience and has a story bank of video and written stories from members of the Council. And we are starting to look at expanding our work on health care quality into the area of end-of-life care.

If you are interested in learning more about the Council, please visit the webpages above and contact Deb Wachenheim at dwachenheim@hcfama.org.

As part of the work on public reporting of serious reportable events and infections, HCFA and the Consumer Council have organized a State House briefing on the most recent reports. The event is taking place Tuesday, March 6, 9:30-10:30am, in the House Members Lounge. The event is open to the public, so please come to hear from legislative leaders, Consumer Council members, and Department of Public Health staff. Contact Kaitlyn Rhodes (krhodes@hcfama.org) with any questions.

And after today, look for a blog each day this week written by an expert in the field of health care quality. Learn about all of the work taking place in the Commonwealth to improve quality and engage consumers.
-Deb Wachenheim

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