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Oregon Hospitals Left Waiting on Federal Patient Safety Oversight

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The federal government has just over a year to give the Oregon Patient Safety Commission federal authority for data collection so that hospitals can comply with requirements for Cover Oregon. The commission’s director plans to appeal directly to Kathleen Sebelius for a waiver for Oregon’s hospitals while she waits to hear if her organization will be approved.

Another deadline from the Affordable Care Act will hit the Oregon healthcare industry a little over a year from now, and the state is not yet ready to make the transition.

Workgroup on Medical Malpractice Appointed by Governor

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The workgroup intends to submit its recommendations by October 1 to the interim committees of the legislature

July 26, 2012 -- Governor John Kitzhaber has appointed a patient safety and defensive medicine workgroup to develop recommendations on medical malpractice reform for the 2013 legislative session. That workgroup, which holds its first meeting August 2, is expected to submit its recommendations to the interim committees of the legislature by
October 1.

The goals of the workgroup are:

Regence Foundation Awards $20,000 to Patient Safety

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The grant will help develop a toolkit so hospitals can disclose mistakes

From the Oregon Patient Safety Commission

June 24, 2011 -- The Regence Foundation announced that it has awarded a $20,000 grant to the Oregon Patient Safety Commission to develop a tool kit and implementation strategy to help hospitals alert Oregonians in the event that they have been harmed by a medical error. The grant is part of The Regence Foundation’s annual employee-nominated grant competition.

Oregon Hospitals Reduce Infection Rates

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Fewer central line blood steam infections at OHSU largely brought down average, consumer rep quetions outcome
June 9, 2011 – Oregon hospitals reported overall lower rates of healthcare acquired infections last year as a result of a statewide effort and a public reporting system now in its third year.

Dameron Leaves Legacy on Oregon Patient Safety

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Jim Dameron retires this month from the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, which he helped create nearly a decade ago
December 15, 2010 -- Looking back on it now, there were several forces that led Jim Dameron to help create and then run Oregon's Patient Safety Commission.

How Legacy Reduced Infections 40 Percent

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For the past two years, Legacy Health System has seriously reduced harm
May 12, 2010 -- When Jodi Joyce, vice president of quality and patient safety for Legacy Health System, testified before the House Health Care Committee in February, she delivered a startling fact.

Infection Rate Reporting Lacks Validation, Yet

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A team of public health officials plan to verify what hospitals are reporting is accurate
May 12, 2010 -- When Oregon officials release the state’s first-ever public report on hospital-acquired infections later this month, chances are it won’t represent the true number of cases. In fact, it probably won’t be even close.


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