Brainstorming Solutions to Medical Harm: Creating a National Patient Safety Authority

Friday, October 16, 2020 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm


Date & Location

Fri, Oct 16, 2020 | 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Host Organization

Altarum’s Healthcare Value Hub

Event Contact

Tad Lee
(202) 776-5126

Healthcare services and procedures that cause patients bodily harm are major drivers of excess spending, waste and patient suffering. Medical harm—injury resulting from largely preventable events caused by human error in healthcare facilities—is suspected to be the third-leading cause of death in the U.S., despite ongoing work to address patient safety concerns.

In this webinar, speakers will brainstorm the creation of a National Patient Safety Authority (NPSA)—a centralized authority that will spearhead the effort to prevent medical harm events. These experts will highlight the importance of establishing a NPSA and describe what this entity could look like. They will also discuss the prevalence of medical harm and its impact on patients and families as well as offer actionable suggestions for consumers that wish to advocate for a national patient safety entity.

Speakers for this webinar include:

  • Regina Hoffman, MBA, RN, executive director of Pennsylvania’s Patient Safety Authority and editor-in-chief of Patient Safety
  • John T. James, PhD, founder, Patient Safety America and former chief toxicologist at NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, president and chief executive officer of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation

A recording of this webinar and other materials can be found here.