The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA

4274.0: Tuesday, November 18, 2003 - 5:10 PM

Abstract #73012

Financial and operational impact of implementing a patient safety program: Reducing medical errors and improving the bottom line! Doing it right the first time

Stephen Hough, MPH, MA, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, 1201 Louisiana Suite 2900, Houston, TX 77002, (713) 356-8169,

Presentation Proposal Abstract Outline:

Patient Safety I will show you patient safety! What are the bottom line issues? Misconceptions regarding cause of medical errors Recommendations for patient safety process/programs The Optimal operational identifiers of medical errors Why develop a patient safety process; why to require a patient safety process/program Incorrect assumptions; Medical error as a deviation from an established standard Redesign strategy to integrate patient safety, peer review, risk management, quality improvement, human resources, legal, operations, public relations and finance Cause Effect Identification of existing systems and process effectively promoting patient safety Creating a culture of patient safety Patient safety is an integral mission component to provide high quality health care Role of peer review Current focus overlaps three fundamental areas Controlling cost Characteristics of successful patient safety programs Patient safety best practice assessment Challenges Opportunities

Learning Objectives:

Keywords: Cost Issues, Quality Improvement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

Patient Safety, Tort Reform and Public Health

The 131st Annual Meeting (November 15-19, 2003) of APHA