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Patient Safety Week 2012: How Do We Make A Difference?

<today's guest blog for Patient Safety Awareness Week is by Paula Griswold of the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors> Our work at the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors has shown the power of front-line staff, with the support of leadership in their organizations, to make healthcare safer. Our proof was the success of an infection prevention collaborative in reducing cases of the deadly diarrheal infection C. difficile. With funding from the CDC through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Coalition operated the C.... Read more »

Patient Safety Week 2012: Informing the Journey, Not Changing the Destination

Our destination appears clear—high-quality, safe, and continuously improving health and healthcare centered on, and in partnership with, the patient, the family, the public, and their community. So say the Affordable Care Act, CMS, IHI, WHO, Picker, NQF, IPFCC, Planetree, Joint Commission, IOM, MA Health Reform, NPSF, Health Care for All, ethical practice, extensive research, evidence from the field, and more. No doubt, it is also the destination we want for ourselves, our family, and friends. Read more »

Patient Safety Week 2012

March 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. Read more »

Patient Safety Week Presentation on Infections and Serious Reportable Events

Patient Safety Awareness Week begins March 5. HCFA and the Consumer Health Quality Council are marking the week in two ways - a blog each day written by an expert in the field of patient safety and an event at the State House focusing on the recently-released public reports on infections and Serious Reportable Events. Read more »

Suffolk Law School to Hold Symposium on End-of-Life Care

The Journal of Health and Biomedical Law at Suffolk Law School is hosting a symposium on end-of-life care on Feb. 29, 11:30-3:00pm, at the school (120 Tremont Street, Boston). Panelists come from Compassion and Choices, the law school at the U. of Minnesota, the Hastings Center, Harvard Medical School, and the law office of William J. Brisk. Lunch will be provided and RSVP’s are required. Learn more about the event and how to RSVP here-Deb Wachenheim Read more »

Chairman Walsh to Meet with QCC Advisory Committee Wednesday

Chairman Steven Walsh of the Committee on Health Care Financing will be meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, February 22, with the Quality and Cost Council's Advisory Committee to discuss payment reform. Meetings are open to the public. The meeting is 2:30-4:00 at Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, 2 Boylston Street, 5th floor, Daley Room, Boston. Read more »

Quality and Cost Council to meet Wednesday

The Health Care Quality and Cost Council is holding its monthly meeting on Wednesday, February 15, 1-3pm. The location for this month has been changed to the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, 2 Boylston Street, 5th floor, Daley Room. Topics on the agenda (pdf) include a presentation on the recently-released reports on healthcare-associated infections and serious reportable events and a report on the new Statewide Quality Advisory Commission. Meetings are open to the public.-Deb Wachenheim Read more »

MA Public Report on Healthcare-Associated Infections Now Available

At this morning’s Public Health Council meeting, the MA Department of Public Health released its most recent public report on healthcare-associated infections at MA hospitals. You can find the report here. Please note that there are many pages of appendices that will not be posted on-line until Friday. Because there are multiple graphics on those pages, it is taking a few more days to get them posted. Those pages will include hospital-specific data, with one page per hospital looking at central line-associated bloodstream infections and surgical site infections. The pages will also provide... Read more »

Infection Report Released Tomorrow and Webinar on Better Care and Lower Costs

The Department of Public Health will release its latest public report on healthcare-associated infections at the Public Health Council meeting on Wednesday morning. Under state law, the Department is required to issue reports on infection rates at hospitals across Massachusetts. Health Care For All and the Consumer Health Quality Council advocated for the mandate and are looking forward to seeing this year’s report. The Department has put much time and energy into making the report more accessible and understandable for consumers while also making it a useful tool for hospitals’ quality... Read more »


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