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ABQAURP Announces Certificate Course in Medical Error Prevention

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- ABQAURP is pleased to announce the 2007-08 "Certificate Course in Patient Safety and Prevention of Medical Errors." The core content includes patient safety initiatives, risk management, medical error prevention, safety needs of special populations, responsibility for error reporting and public education.

National attention is being focused on "never events" -- serious and costly errors in the provision of health care services that should never happen. Events that cause serious injury or death to patients, such as surgery on the wrong body part or mismatched blood transfusions, can result in inflated costs to treat the consequences of the error. In an effort to eliminate these events, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has said it will no longer pay hospitals for the costs of treating certain "conditions that could reasonably have been prevented."

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimated that as many as 98,000 deaths a year were attributable to medical errors. While we do not know how many of these were derived from "never events," we do know that inflated costs and unnecessary deaths are the result.

"One of the most effective ways to address issues of patient safety is to provide current education for all health care professionals, provided under the aegis of the highest standardized certification process available," states Arthur I. Broder, MD, Chairman of the Board, ABQAURP. "The Course in Patient Safety and Prevention of Medical Errors is an opportunity for health care professionals to enhance their knowledge, awareness, and skills. Hospitals, physicians, and others can be more effective in the care they provide, helping to save lives and control unnecessary costs."

In view of the payment reform goals outlined by CMS, Medicare does not intend to continue paying for "never events." Eliminating additional payments allows more resource allocation toward preventing events rather than paying more when they occur. Beginning in 2008, Medicare will be allowed to adjust payments for hospital-acquired infections.

Joel V. Brill, MD, AGAF, CHCQM, CME Chair for ABQAURP, notes, "Only in health care, do we continue to pay based on quantity. We don't question whether they are the right services provided to the right person in the right amount in the appropriate setting at the right time. We just pay. And why we should continue to pay more for hospital acquired complications that are largely preventable defies logic."

CMS has indicated they intend to partner with hospitals and other health care organizations in efforts to further address the persistence of "never events." For more information, please visit: . To this end, ABQAURP continues its mission to improve the overall quality of health care provided to the public.

Register for the accredited CME Certificate Course at: . Course fees: Diplomate $239, Member $299, Non-Member $349.

For 30 years, the American Board of Quality Assurance & Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. (ABQAURP) has been at the nation's forefront in promoting Health Care Quality Management and Patient Safety through education and certification. ABQAURP, a non-profit education and certification board established in 1977, is the nation's largest organization of interdisciplinary health care professionals. ABQAURP is accredited by the ACCME as a provider of Continuing Medical Education. Please visit for more information.

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