The Leadership Day Pre-Congress Session, entitled “Keeping Quality and Safety Front and Center: Managing Your Influence in the Right Direction,” was a one-day program organized for the National Patient Safety Foundation’s 16th Annual Patient Safety Congress in Orlando, Florida, and was held on May 14, 2014.
The program evolved from discussions at the National Patient Safety Foundation and the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute about the challenge of advancing patient safety activities in a health care environment where so much emphasis is being directed at reducing the costs of care. Over the past 20 years, the patient safety movement has done a good job of communicating the human toll of medical error and arguing for the application of safety science in caring for patients.
Yet there is also a cost benefit to providing safe care. With the advance of value-based purchasing and the need for drastic cost reductions, increased expectations for quality outcomes, and renewed emphasis on patient satisfaction, it is time to begin serious conversations about the connection between safety and cost.
The essential question this program set out to answer was: How should health care leaders and patient safety professionals conduct those conversations? The content of the program was designed to help participants become confident in explaining the value of patient safety strategies and in making the case to support safety programs in their institutions.
The program was organized into several areas of discussion:
- Using Influence to Make a Difference
- The Relationship between Safety and Cost
- Decreasing Costs while Improving Safety: Stories of Successful Implementation
- Summary and Closing Challenge
Attendees included patient safety directors and managers, risk managers, health care quality executives, chief nursing officers, chief medical officers, and ambulatory care pharmacists.
View or download an Executive Summary [PDF] of the Leadership Day program.