Oregon Patient Safety Commission

Report from OPSC Offers Insight into First Two Years of Oregon’s Program to Create Opportunities for Open Conversation after Patient Harm

Early Discussion and Resolution Annual Report: July 2014-June 2016” Released Today

Portland, OR — In a report released today, the Oregon Patient Safety Commission (OPSC) discusses the first two years of Oregon’s innovative Early Discussion and Resolution (EDR) program.

Patients and Providers Using New Healthcare Resolution Process

First Annual Report on Early Discussion and Resolution Gives Details

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Patient Safety Commission has released its first report about the implementation and use of Oregon’s Early Discussion and Resolution (EDR) program.

Pierce Pitches Moderate GOP Bid for Governor from Physician’s Office

Rather than turn back the clock on healthcare reform, Salem Republican Bud Pierce said he wants to accept the new normal of Medicaid reform and the Affordable Care Act while pushing back on the Democrats’ labor agenda and reducing the administrative workforce at state agencies to make their operations more similar to the private sector.

In 2012, as former Gov. John Kitzhaber was trying to tackle the thorny, intractable issue of medical liability reform, the Democrat tapped a Salem oncologist -- and Republican -- Dr.

Malpractice Reform Requires Qualified Mediators

The early discussion and resolution program, created to foster transparency with patients and avoid lawsuits, is designed to work without mediators in the first round of discussions, but if a mediator is needed, the state may have as few as six currently available. A task force came across the problem, which the Oregon Patient Safety Commission expects to correct, as it worked on enacting the law on July 1.

The state could have a shortage of mediators on hand in July as the Oregon Patient Safety Commission launches Oregon’s innovative plan to resolve medical errors without lawsuits.

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