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Patient Safety Commission Increases Fees

It’s the first increase since the commission was created in 2003.

The Oregon Patient Safety Commission is accepting public comment through June 17, on its 2015-2017 biennium budget, which includes the first fee increase since the commission was created in 2003.

Facilities, Not Just Patients Report Adverse Events to Patient Safety Commission

Patients and their families report two-thirds of the adverse events in Oregon’s first-of-its-kind, statewide voluntary program to give healthcare providers and patients a chance to have a confidential conversation and can have a mediator present. Surprisingly, facilities are filing one-third of all the notices to the Patient Safety Commission.

“Transparency can be scary in these situations,” said Bethany Walmsley, executive director of the Oregon Patient Safety Commission. “But some providers recognize it’s the right thing to do for all involved. Providers, patients and families all benefit so improvement can happen.

Patient Safety Commission Solicits Advice on Enacting Medical Error Law

The commission is tasked with putting into shape a resolution system for doctors, patients and hospitals by July 1. The confidential process, championed by Gov. Kitzhaber, aims to allow healthcare providers to come clean about errors while avoiding lawsuits.

Elisabeth Guenther is a medical doctor, but it took a medical mistake involving her mother for the need for greater patient safety and transparency to become such a fundamental issue for her.

Ambulatory Surgery Centers Seek Relevance While Lagging in Transparency

Oregon’s outpatient surgery centers are behind other healthcare organizations in reporting medical errors and infections

January 27, 2012 -- Oregon ambulatory surgery centers want to be an integral part of any newly formed Coordinated Care Organization. But some question just how transparent the 86 freestanding outpatient centers in the state are when it comes to reporting quality.

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