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21% of Patients See Medical Errors, but Providers Deny Responsibility

October 5, 2017 - Just over a fifth of patients have experienced medical errors at some point during their care, yet healthcare providers are reluctant to speak openly about mistakes or take responsibility for improper actions, according to a new survey from NORC at the University of Chicago and the IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute. Medical errors are extremely prevalent, the poll of more than 2500...Patient engagement shortfalls, lack of attention to detail, and gaps in adequate patient-provider communication also contributed significantly to negative outcomes, according to consumers. Fifty-nine percent said their providers simply did not listen to them, while a third said their providers did not discuss goals or treatment options in a way that might have helped avoid an error....Most patients simply didn’t think it would do any good (56 percent), thought that honest mistakes didn’t need to be reported (24 percent), or didn’t believe that the error was important enough to pursue (11 percent). While only three percent said a staff member specifically asked or pressured them not to pursue the mistake, twenty percent said someone on their care...

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by Jennifer Bresnick

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Cancer Mortality Rates See 20% Drop, but Disparities Remain

by Thomas Beaton

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Time Needed to Improve Quality in Value-Based Care Programs

by Jacqueline LaPointe

Sustained value-based care program participation is key to realizing greater quality improvements for high-need patients that have two or more chronic conditions, a new American Journal of Managed Care study found. The study of Blue Cr...

6 EHR Patient Safety Strategies for Medication Orders, CPOE

by Jennifer Bresnick

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How Patient Safety Organizations Encourage Data Collection, Quality Care

by Judy Klein

Patient safety and quality care are at the forefront of discussion in the healthcare industry today. From impact on the patients themselves to the bottom lines for organizations – healthcare organizations and providers are constantly ...

Alarm Fatigue, Health IT Woes Top ECRI 2017 Patient Safety List

by Jennifer Bresnick

Alarm fatigue, software and monitoring errors, and inadequate cleaning and processing of reusable medical devices once again reign on ECRI Institute’s annual patient safety hazard list.  While electronic health records themselves...

CMS QIO Awards Promote Patient Safety, Healthcare Quality

by Jennifer Bresnick

CMS is continuing to promote population health management, patient safety, and high quality healthcare with a new round of awards to twelve regional Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs).  The Special ...

ECRI: “Most If Not All” Patient Identification Errors Preventable

by Nathan Boroyan

The majority of patient identification errors, including wrong-patient errors, may be preventable with a few key changes to provider processes, according to a new report from the ECRI Institute’s Patient Safety Organization. An increa...

New Collaboration to Support Diabetes Prevention, Management

by Nathan Boroyan

Leaders of the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) have banded together to form a new organization focused on supporting diabetes prevention and management within the primary care ecosystem. DPP leaders on Wednesday announced the lau...

Big Data Shows Gender-Based Medical Error, Patient Safety Patterns

by Jennifer Bresnick

Big data analytics tools are helping researchers at the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PSA) unearth patient safety patterns hidden within 2.5 million reports on medical errors and near-miss events. The PSA found that male and female...

SC Online Population Health Dashboard Reveals Community Disparities

by Jennifer Bresnick

South Carolina has joined a select group of cities and states making population health management data available online through an interactive dashboard in an effort to combat public health concerns like diabetes, obesity, and insufficient ...

Integrated Care Delivery May Bring Better Outcomes, Lower Costs

by Nathan Boroyan

Integrated care delivery in a team-based primary care setting has the potential to provide better patient outcomes, fewer hospital visits and lower costs, according to a 10-year study conducted by Intermountain Healthcare. Published in the ...

CDC Focuses on Patient Safety with Expanded Sepsis Education

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are putting a spotlight on patient safety in its newest Vital Signs report, which highlights the dangers of sepsis, an often-deadly infection that may be more insidious than previously th...

1304 Health Centers Share $100M in Quality Improvement Funds

by Jennifer Bresnick

More than 1300 health centers across the country will be splitting $100 million in HHS grant funding to drive quality improvements, health IT adoption, and other patient-centered practice transformation efforts.  The grants, announced ...

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by Nathan Boroyan

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Healthcare Big Data Silos Prevent Delivery of Coordinated Care

by Brent Clough

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CMS Allows Orgs to Share and Sell Medicare, Private Claims Data

by Jacqueline LaPointe

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Quality Metrics, Big Data Woes Make Value-Based Care Difficult

by Jennifer Bresnick

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UMass Receives $6.4M for Surgical Clinical Decision Support

by Jacqueline LaPointe

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has awarded a $6.4 million grant to researchers at UMass Medical School to develop a web-based clinical decision support tool that uses patient-generated data to improve the quality o...


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