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 April 2015

   Tejal K. Gandhi

President’s Corner

Should physicians be required to receive ongoing education in patient safety? Read the column by NPSF President Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS.


NPSF President Among Modern Healthcare's 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders
Gary Kaplan, MD, FACMPE, of the NPSF Board of Directors and NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, and Bob Wachter, MD, of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute also appear on the list. Read details on the NPSF website or link to Modern Healthcare for all related stories.

Dr. Bob Wachter Interviews Dr. Lucian Leape
Read the interview on AHRQ's Web M&M.

Stand Up for Patient Safety Management Awards Announced
The NPSF Stand Up program recognizes two member organizations, U of Mississippi Medical Center and North Shore/LIJ Health System, for successful safety. Awards will be conferred April 30 at the NPSF Patient Safety Congress (see below). Read more.


From the P.S. Blog
How Risk Management and Patient Safety Intersect
Read the guest post by Jamie Leviton MHA, CPHQ, and Jackie Valentine, MHA, Rph.

Upcoming Events



17th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Congress
Wednesday April 29 – Friday, May 1, 2015

The NPSF Patient Safety Congress begins in two weeks! Don't miss your opportunity to attend the only annual meeting with a singular focus on patient safety.

Visit the Congress Website
Meet some of our Speakers in the Spotlight


Come to Austin to experience--
Stimulating keynote sessions presented by global thought leaders + Educational breakout sessions led by experts in safety and implementation + In-depth Pre-Congress sessions focused on burning issues in patient safety + Engaging and interactive Learning & Simulation Center with posters and networking opportunities.



From Med Wreck to Med Rec: Results, Lessons Learned, and Implications from the Multicenter Medication Reconciliation Quality Improvement Study (MARQUIS)
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)


Featured Speaker:Jeffrey L. Schnipper, MD, MPH, FHM
Director of Clinical Research, BWH Hospitalist Service
Associate Physician, Division of General Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Co-Chair, Partners Clinical Performance: Transitions in Care
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Click here for details and registration information.



10 Interesting and Surprising Things Your Healthcare System Needs to Know and Do to Provide Safe Care
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm ET



Featured Speaker: Robert M. Wachter, MD
Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

Click here for details and registration information.

The continuing education information for this event is pending. Please check back soon for more information.



Stand Up for Patient Safety member organizations receive complimentary registration for an unlimited number of participants for Professional Learning Series Webcasts. Members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety at NPSF (ASPPS) receive special member pricing on registration.

Patient Safety News & Resources 

Health IT Safety Webinar Series
CPOE, CDS and Health IT Safety
Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 1:00 – 2:30pm Eastern Time
Attendance is free. Register online.
This is the fifth of a 10-part webinar series presented by RTI International and funded by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

The Joint Commission Issues Sentinel Alert
The alert released March 31 focuses on health information technology. Read more.

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices released a National Alert Network (NAN) alert last month regarding potentially dangerous confusion between Bloxiverz (neostigmine) injection and Vazculep (phenylephrine) injection. See this and all NAN alerts at


Calling All Pediatric Clinics
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is recruiting sites to take part in an innovative quality improvement project to reduce diagnostic error. Pediatric clinics are invited to submit a recruitment application. Priority will be given to applications completed by June 3. Read more on the AAP website.

AHRQ Funding Opportunity for Patient Safety Research
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking grant proposals to expand the scientific evidence, strategies, and tools available for improving safety in ambulatory and/or long term care settings. Submissions are due by April 27, 2015. The project period may not exceed three years. See details.

Making Safety and Quality a Priority at Hospitals
Read the commentary by Dr. Peter Pronovost in the Wall Street Journal. 

Consumer Focus:
Why Are These Doctors so Mad?
Rosemary Gibson of the Hastings Institute writes about the Maintenance of Certification requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Read the commentary.


Thinking about membership?
NPSF offers membership programs for individuals and organizations that provide valuable benefits to help you advance patient safety, achieve your professional goals, and help grow or sustain your organization’s patient safety program. Learn more about membership.

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