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April 2019

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Up Front

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Consortium's first report aims to make MA a leader in sepsis emergency care

New report offers 17 recommendations to emergency departments for improvement in sepsis diagnosis and treatment.  spacer

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Safety News

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Health care organizations join Peer Support Program pilot

Fifteen organizations have signed on to build peer-to-peer support networks that help their clinicians and staff when a patient is harmed by medical care.  spacer


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Safety Snapshot

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Digital tools from AHRQ help patients make the most of medical appointments

The Question Builder mobile app prompts patients to collect relevant information and prepare questions in advance.   spacer

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Upcoming events

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MACRMI’s 7th Annual Communication, Apology and Resolution Forum

When: May 7, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: Massachusetts Medical Society, 860 Winter Street, Waltham, MA
What: Simulations of a “communication, apology and resolution” response to an adverse event, followed by moderated panel discussions. Hosted by the Massachusetts Alliance for Communication and Resolution following Medical Injury (MACRMI), registration is free.
Who: Keynote by Rick Boothman, J.D., of Boothman Consultants, former Chief Risk Officer at the University of Michigan Health System
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Webinar: Building a Culture of Respect to Improve Patient Safety, Medical Team Performance and Patient and Staff Satisfaction

When: May 8, 2019, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET.
What: Free webinar in a series from the American Hospital Association’s Team Training Program.
Who: Bettina Siewert, M.D., Executive Vice Chair, and Suzanne Swedeen, R.N., M.S.N., Department of Radiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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Fourth Annual Summit of the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care

When: May 16, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Where: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, MA
What: Recent research focused on messaging designed to engage the public in advance care planning.
Who: Maureen Bisognano, President Emerita and Senior Fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Andrew Dreyfus, President and C.E.O., Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA; Atul Gawande, M.D., C.E.O. of Haven; and Ellen Goodman, Co-founder and Director of The Conversation Project
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Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Patient Safety Congress

When: May 15-17, 2019
Where: Houston, TX
What: More than 20 breakout sessions, keynote speakers, exhibits and a full day of in-depth pre-conference workshops.
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Patient Safety Beat is published monthly by the Betsy Lehman Center, a state agency that uses communications, research, and data to catalyze the efforts of providers, policymakers, and consumers working toward safer health care in Massachusetts.

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