The Authority to Focus on Four Areas for the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania through the National Partnership for Patients Initiative

Harrisburg, Pa., Nov. 10, 2016 — The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority has continued its partnership with the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) in addressing hospital-acquired conditions.

Starting this fall, the Authority will lead four patient safety areas of focus under HAPs contract in the Partnership for Patients Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN).

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In partnership with HAP, the only Pennsylvania-HIIN contract awardee by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Authority will focus on adverse drug events, falls, diagnostic error, and culture of safety.

“We are confident in the collaborative-improvement efforts the Authority can guide in these patient safety areas,” said Christina M. Hunt, director of collaborative programs for the Authority. “The Authority will continue to build on the success of previous work with HAP to increase positive outcomes for patients.”

The Authority has published free resources for healthcare facilities on all four of these patient safety topics, including research articles, posters, brochures, and other educational materials.  Access the Authority’s Patient Safety Topics to find more information on adverse drug events, falls, diagnostic error, and culture of safety. 

“The Authority is proud to be in a position to provide leadership and clinical input for these projects. Our work is well respected, and when we combine our efforts to improve patient safety in Pennsylvania, it benefits patients and healthcare facilities,” said the Authority’s Executive Director, Regina Hoffman.

About the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority: The Authority was established under Act 13 of 2002, the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error (“Mcare”) Act, as an independent state agency. The Authority is charged with taking steps to reduce and eliminate medical errors by identifying problems and recommending solutions that promote patient safety. For more information about the Authority, please visit our website at www.patientsafetyauthority.org or call 717-346-0469.