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Healthcare Leaders to Address Patient Safety and Reform at the National Patient Safety Foundation Congress, Washington, DC, May 20-22
Date:5/18/2009

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WASHINGTON, May 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Focusing on critical healthcare reform efforts and best practices essential to reducing preventable adverse events, and responding to President Obama's bold principles for change, influential leaders will gather at the National Patient Safety Foundation Congress this week to discuss the fundamental shifts necessary to keep patients safe and strengthen the quality of care.

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The Administration's newly-released principles for Transforming and Modernizing America's Health Care System include a key mandate to improve patient safety and care. A decade after the seminal Institute of Medicine report To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, and despite a determined focus across healthcare, multiple tens of thousands of Americans still die each year as a result of unintended adverse events, including healthcare associated infections. The personal toll is devastating, and the economic impact, estimated at upwards of $26 billion annually, is staggering.

In tandem with the Administration's calls for dramatic change in healthcare, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced Recovery Act resources designed to support critical patient safety efforts, stating that "the status quo is unsustainable."

Program Highlights:

IOM Report Retrospective and the Decade Ahead

This expert panel will feature distinguished members of the Lucian Leape Institute, including a number of architects of the To Err Is Human report, and will provide a retrospective on accomplishments in patient safety in the ten years since the release of this pivotal publication. With this foundation of knowledge, these leaders will
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