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Joy Hicks

Medical Office Bulletin Board: Patient Safety

By August 9, 2011

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This week's Medical Office agenda is Patient Safety

  • How Does EHR Improve Patient Care?: The expansion of health information technology is important to the improvement of the health care industry as a whole. Health IT which includes the electronic health record (EHR) enables health care providers to effectively manage patient care through the use and sharing of patient records. Read more
  • Patient Safety Culture Survey: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has developed a survey that focuses on the culture of patient safety and health care quality within medical offices. Designed for use by an office with at least 3 providers, the Medical Office Survey Toolkit initiates open office dialog about patient safety and quality issues among providers and staff. It is important for a medical office to assess and identify their strengths and weaknesses on a regular basis for the improvement of patient safety. Read more
  • Speak Up about Patient Safety: Together with CMS, The Joint Commission launched a national campaign urging patients and providers to take an active role on issues of patient safety. The program promotes the idea that it is everyone's responsibility for preventing healthcare errors. Read more
  • Get the Facts about EMTALA: In 1986, Congress enacted EMTALA or the Emergency Medical Treatment & Labor Act was established to prevent hospitals from refusing treatment to patients in an emergency situations regardless of their ability to pay. Read more


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