The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established the National Patient Safety Initiative (NPSI) under its 9th Statement of Work (SOW) for quality improvement organizations (QIOs), which began August 2008. As part of this initiative, all 53 QIOs are working with hospitals across the nation to reduce rates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection by using evidence-based tools and methods to help improve systems and processes. Since 2008, the NPSI has directly benefited more than 120,000 patients in hospitals and nursing homes that participate in the initiative. Read the rest of this entry »
In its landmark 1999 report, To Err is Human, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found that medication errors contribute to 7,000 deaths a year. In Preventing Medication Errors (2006), the IOM estimated more than 1.5 million preventable adverse drug events in the nation each year.
Medication errors are far too common in all settings of health care, and can be especially problematic as patients move between settings. Efforts are underway in New York, however, to increase drug safety and reduce medication errors. Read the rest of this entry »