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Patient Safety Week Guest Blog 2 - The Unique Role of MITSS

Today's guest blog of Patient Safety Awareness Week is by Winnie Tobin, Communications Director, Medically Induced Trauma Support Services (MITSS) It’s Patient Safety Awareness Week, a time for educating and increasing awareness about efforts to improve patient safety worldwide.  We applaud the wonderful work being done by organizations, healthcare systems, and patients/families in designing safer systems and preventing medical errors and patient harm.  Yet, we have a long way to go.  We know that even in the safest of systems, things can, and often do, go wrong.  Medical errors and adverse... Read more »

Patient Safety Week Guest Blog: Serious Clinical Adverse Events: Learning Through the Eyes of Patients and Family Members

To mark Patient Safety Week, we will hosting a number of guest blogs. Today's entry is by Jim Conway, Adjunct Faculty, Harvard School of Public Health Read more »

Patient Safety Awareness Week is Here!

This week marks Patient Safety Awareness Week (learn more on the website of the National Patient Safety Foundation). Health Care For All is observing the week with a series of guest blogs about patient safety. Over the next few days look for commentary from Jim Conway, Paula Griswold, Winnie Tobin, and Dr. Alan Woodward. There are many statewide and individual organizational efforts taking place across Massachusetts to improve patient safety. And Massachusetts is one of many states that has seen a growing effort among consumer advocates to speak up for safer care in both inpatient and... Read more »

State Panel Works on Standard Quality Standards

The Statewide Quality Advisory Committee (SQAC) kicked off its second year with a meeting on Monday afternoon at the Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) (meeting materials are here). Read more »

Budget FY 2014, Round 1: House 1

Governor Patrick released his Fiscal Year 2014 budget proposal today, which continues this administration’s strong commitment to ensuring access to affordable, quality health care for everyone in Massachusetts. Budgets have both a revenue side and a spending side. This budget uses both to improve the health of the Commonwealth and reduce health spending growth. Read more »

HCFA Looks Ahead to 2013

Happy New Year from all of HCFA (see our staff picture above)! The year 2013 will be a critical year for health care in Massachusetts. State government will be making numerous decisions that will directly impact the availability, cost and quality of the care that everyone depends on. Health Care For All will be there, making the sure the voices of consumers and patients are heard on Beacon Hill, and throughout the state. Among the key issues we anticipate focusing on for 2013 are: Read more »

Improving Patient Safety Goal of New Malpractice Law

Left: Alan Woodward of Mass Medical Society; Right: Jeffrey Catalano of Mass Bar Association Read more »

New Report on Patient and Family Councils

Health Care For All and the Consumer Health Quality Council are pleased to release a new report (PDF) on the efforts and accomplishments of MA hospitals’ Patient and Family Advisory Councils (PFACs). The Consumer Council advocated for the 2008 law requiring all hospitals to establish PFACs and has been following their progress. For the past three years, members of the Consumer Council have gathered hospitals annual PFAC reports/plans and reviewed them. For the 2011 reports (which were due to be completed October 1, 2011), the Consumer Council members decided to gather the reports, review them... Read more »

Patient and Family Advisory Councils: Two hospitals' success stories

As of October 2010, all hospitals in Massachusetts were required to have established a Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). DPH’s regulations for PFACs require hospitals to write annual reports describing their PFACs' activities over the previous year and to make those reports available to any member of the public upon request. Members of HCFA's Consumer Health Quality Council (CHQC) (www.hcfama.org/consumercouncil) reviewed and summarized all of the annual reports that were made available to them. The CHQC members identified two hospitals' PFACs as role models for other hospitals-one... Read more »

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