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Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an independent not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a leading innovator in health and health care improvement worldwide. Read more »

Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care

The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care provides leadership to advance the understanding and practice of patient- and family-centered care in hospitals and other health care settings. Read more »

Foundation for Informed Medical Decison Making

For over two decades, the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation has been working to advance shared decision making through research, policy, clinical models and patient decision aids. They believe that the only way to ensure high quality medical decisions are being made is for a fully informed patient to participate in a shared decision making process with their health care provider. Read more »

Consumers Union's Safe Patient Project

Policy and action from Consumer Reports.  Read more »

Report on healthcare-associated infections in Massachusetts hospitals

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health latest reports on health care associated infections in Massachusetts hospitals Read more »

Serious Reportable Event Reports

Through Massachusetts law (chapter 305 of the Acts of 2008) hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers are required to report Serious Reportable Events (SREs) to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). NQF serious reportable events are adverse events that are of concern to both the public and healthcare professionals and providers; clearly identifiable and measurable, and thus feasible to include in a reporting system; and of a nature such that the risk of occurrence is significantly influenced by the policies and procedures of the healthcare facility. The law also prohibits... Read more »

Assertive Patient

Assertivepatient.org is a website created by HCFA's Consumer Health Quality Council to provide information and resources to consumers dissatisfied with a health care experience. Read more »

Testimony on Proposed Regulations on Palliative Care and End-of-life Care

The Department of Public Health recently issued draft regulations for implementing the section of Chapter 224 that requires the provision of information to appropriate patients about options for palliative care and end-of-life care (in October we blogged about the draft regulations.  The public hearing on the draft regulations was held on November 21 and written testimony was also submitted. You can find all of the written testimony on the DPH website. Some of the points that were raised by a number of those providing testimony include: Read more »

MITSS to Hold Educational Forum before Annual Event

Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS) will be holding its annual fundraising dinner the evening of November 14 at the Westin Copley Place Hotel (event details here). This year they are also doing something new and adding a free educational forum that is taking place prior to the dinner. The forum, “Supporting Patients and Families Following Medical Harm - Are We Missing the Boat?” will take place at the Westin Copley Place Hotel from 1pm until 4:30pm. Learn more about the forum and how to register here. MITSS continues to lead the way in supporting patients and families who have... Read more »


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