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Boston Approves Comprehensive Health Benefits for Transgender People

(cross-posted from Community Catalyst's Health Policy Hub blog; Health Care For All testified with Community Catalyst this week at the hearing on this proposal and will continue to work on this issue.) Read more »

Conference: Thriving in a Changing Healthcare Environment

Masspro (a health quality improvement organization), MITSS (Medically Induced Trauma Support Services, supporting patients, families, and clinicians who have been affected by an adverse medical event), and the MA Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors  are cosponsoring a day-long forum highlighting healthcare organizations that are thriving in a changing healthcare environment, including by engaging patients and families as partners. Read more »

DPH Releases New Infection Data

The MA Department of Public Health recently released its latest set of data (read it here, and scroll down to HAI Data Update) on healthcare-associated infections in Massachusetts acute care hospitals. The data looks at central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and a number of surgical site infections (coronary artery bypass graft, knee replacement, hip replacement, abdominal hysterectomy and vaginal hysterectomy). Read more »

The HPC wants bold and meaningful change

  The Health Policy Commission (HPC) met on Thursday, May 22 to cover a range of HPC activities including updates on the patient-centered medical home certification program, the registration of provider organization program, and the CHART Phase 2 investments. Slides from the meeting (pdf) have lots of details on the discussion. Keep reading for our detailed summary of the agenda points and discussion. Read more »

Why Should You CARe?

  All hospitals should CARe, or in other words, all hospitals, and other health care providers, should implement the Communication, Apology and Resolution (CARe) program that was the focus of a gathering yesterday at the MA Medical Society. Read more »

HCFA Gathers Patient and Family Advisors and Releases Annual Report

On May 14, HCFA held its second annual statewide Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) conference. The conference took place in Worcester and brought together 175 participants from 54 hospitals and health centers. Twelve workshops covered a wide variety of topics, including recruiting to represent the community, improving patient safety and transparency, raising the PFAC’s profile in the hospital, educating the public on end-of-life care and palliative care, and more. See a list of workshops here. Read more »

National Healthcare Decisions Day

Today is National Healthcare Decisions Day, a day to encourage education and discussions about end-of-life care, health care proxies, living wills, and more. Learn more on the NHDD website . Many Massachusetts organizations are in this space, working to educate consumers about palliative care, hospice, proxies, and more. For good background on this issue, read the 2010 report of the state’s end-of-life commission. Efforts are being made to update the report and determine next steps that the state could take to advance knowledge among consumers and among health care providers about these... Read more »

New Report on Value of Consumer Engagement

The National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute (link to: www.npsf.org/lli) today released a new report titled Safety is Personal: Partnering with Patients and Families for the Safest Care (link to: http://www.npsf.org/lli/safety-is-personal). Read more »

Patient Safety Forum Coming Up April 7

        The MA Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, Masspro, and the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction  are hosting a patient safety forum in Burlington, MA the afternoon of April 7. Learn more and register here. The fee to attend is $75. Among other things, you will hear about some important initiatives that include patients and family members. Read more »

High Reliability: What’s the role of the Patient, Family, Public, and Community?

(To mark Patient Safety Awareness Week, we will be presenting a number of guest blogs. Here's the third, by Jim Conway, Adjunct Faculty, Harvard School of Public Health) High-quality, high-value, and high-reliability healthcare is something we all desire and deserve.  For the last 15 years, I’ve studied high reliability and this spring I’ve been asked to keynote a high-reliability meeting.  In preparation, I attended some excellent sessions at the IHI Annual Meeting.  As one session was coming to a close a question was asked - a great question:  What is the role of the patient and family in... Read more »


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