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August 2015

President's Corner

This month, NPSF President and CEO Dr. Tejal Gandhi shares her thoughts on the Surgeon Scorecard released last month by the nonprofit news outlet ProPublica. Read her column, When We Share Data, Patients Win

       Tejal K. Gandhi


NPSF Announces New Members of Governing Boards

Effective last month, new members joined the Foundation’s Board of Directors and Board of Advisors (formerly the Board of Governors). Read the press release

Improved Patient Safety with Value-Based Payment Models
Members of the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute co-authored this article in the August issue of HFM magazine, published by the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

The ‘Must Do’ List: Certain Patient Safety Rules Should Not Be Elective
Writing for the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, Bob Wachter, MD, authored this post on the Health Affairs blog arguing for accountability among clinicians for practices that have been shown to contribute to safer care. Read it online

Push for Quality, Safety Needs to Come from Boards
NPSF President and CEO Tejal K. Gandhi, MD, MPH, CPPS, was recently interviewed by the Furst Group, sponsors of Modern Healthcare’s Top 25 Women in Healthcare. Read here

Young Physicians Patient Safety Awards
Conferred by The Doctors Company Foundation in partnership with the NPSF Lucian Leape Institute, these awards recognize “young physicians for their personal insight into the importance of applying the principles of patient safety to reduce the incidence of medical error.” The deadline to submit an essay for the 2016 award cycle is January 25, 2016. Read details

NPSF-Funded Research Study Receives Award from ASME
Results of a patient safety research study examining physical design factors contributing to patient falls were presented at the ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference held in Boston this month. The research was funded in part by the National Patient Safety Foundation Research Grants Program, and the paper presented at the conference received an award in recognition of the study’s methods. Read the press release

From the P.S. Blog —
Environmental Factors that Contribute to Falls
For more about the NPSF Research Grant-funded study into extrinsic factors that contribute to fall risks in hospitals, read this interview with Debajyoti Pati, PhD, principal investigator. 

Game-Changing Guidelines: RCA2
Did you miss our free webcast about how to improve root cause analyses and actions to prevent harm? Read a summary blog post and get links to the guidelines and audio replay.

Have questions about patient safety?
Ask your peers on the NPSF online Forum. The Forum is our new online feature where you can ask questions, share success stories or best practices, and keep up with your peers in patient safety. Anyone can read messages on the Forum. To post a question or message or to reply, you need to first register on the website. Learn more

Upcoming Events

Professional Learning Series Webcasts

The NPSF Professional Learning Series offers the convenience of continuing education and peer-to-peer collaboration in an online learning environment.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015
1:00–2:00 pm Eastern Time
Overuse of Health Care: Patient Safety Implications

Featured Speaker:
Shannon Brownlee, MSc
Senior Vice President
Lown Institute

Register or learn more

Want a discount on webcast registration? Join one of our membership programs! Stand Up for Patient Safety member organizations receive complimentary registration for their teams. Members of the American Society of Professionals in Patient Safety may register for their individual participation at the member rate of only $20.


Thursday, September 17, 2015 | Boston, MA
NPSF Lucian Leape Institute 8th Annual Forum & Keynote Dinner

Guest speaker:

  Dr. Jonathan Perlin
President of Clinical
Services and CMO, HCA; and Chair, AHA

Join national leaders in patient safety for an afternoon educational forum and an evening keynote and networking reception. Learn more about attending or supporting this unique event. 

Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 10:00 am–5:00 pm Eastern Time
Certified Professional in Patient Safety Review Course Webinar

This course is open to experienced patient safety professionals who plan to take the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) examination. Read details or register


Featured Faculty


Mark Jarrett, MD, MBA, CPPS, Sr. Vice President & Chief Quality Officer, Associate Chief Medical Officer, North Shore-LIJ Health System; Professor of Medicine, Hofstra – North Shore LIJ School of Medicine

Judy Milne, MSN, CPHQ, CPPS, Patient Safety Officer, Duke University Hospital

Dot Snow, MPH, CPPS, CHIE, Director, Resource Stewardship, Kaiser Permanente


Already certified? This program is approved for six (6) contact hours toward the fulfillment of the requirements of CPPS recertification.

Patient Safety News & Resources

AHA-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize

This award is presented annually to honor hospitals pursuing excellence through hospital leadership and innovation in quality improvement and safety. The deadline to nominate for 2016 is October 11. Read about the 2015 honorees

RightCare Action Week
NPSF encourages people to participate in this recognition week, October 18-24, by taking action to show patients that we have not forgotten what good medical care is. Visit the RightCare Action Week website for ideas about actions you can take or to submit new ideas.

ISMP Safe Practice Guidelines for Adult IV Push Medications
ISMP has published a compilation of safe practices from the ISMP Adult IV Push Medication Safety Summit. View or download the guidelines (PDF).

New AHRQ Report on Health Care-Acquired Infections
A new report reviews 80 studies from the last 25 years, finding gaps and best ways to clean hospital rooms to prevent the spread of infection. Read more 

Health IT Safety Center Roadmap Released
The Health IT Safety Center Roadmap outlines specific goals, objectives, and strategies necessary to create a Health IT Safety Center.
Read a news release from ONC.
Read a related Health Affairs blog post.

Half of Nation’s Hospitals Fail Again To Escape Medicare’s Readmission Penalties
Read the story from Kaiser Health News.

Improving Patient Safety Through the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention
Read the article on the Health Affairs blog. 

Boston Hospital Aims to Redefine Care and Prevent Emotional Harm
Read the article from the Boston Globe

Consumer Corner —
Consumer Reports Expands Hospital Ratings

The Consumer Reports ratings of more than 3,000 U.S. hospitals show which do a good job of avoiding MRSA, C.diff, and other deadly infections. Read more

Thinking about membership?

NPSF offers membership programs for individuals and organizations that provide valuable benefits to help you stay on top of developments in 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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