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ACP-New York State Chapter partnership results in patient safety organization recognition
Date:6/7/2012

Washington The American College of Physicians (ACP) today announced collaboration with the New York ACP (NYACP) chapter to extend its medical Near Miss Registry into a national patient safety reporting and professional educational program. Today's announcement was made possible with ACP's Center for Quality's listing as an official Patient Safety Organization (PSO) by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on behalf of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

According to Terence Brady, MD, FACP, NYACP's president, "This joint venture between the New York Chapter of the ACP and the American College of Physicians demonstrates the ongoing commitment of these organizations and their members to provide our patients with the highest quality and safest medical care in our rapidly changing healthcare environment."

PSOs are designed to help clinicians, hospitals and health care organizations improve the care they deliver to patients by encouraging them to conduct quality and safety analyses. Through federal protections of legal privilege and confidentiality, which are authorized by the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, PSOs foster a culture of safety and create a secure environment where providers can collect and analyze data to identify and reduce the risks and hazards associated with patient care.

"Near misses" are close calls or errors that are detected and corrected before resulting in patient harm. As learned from the airline industry, analysis of near misses presents an opportunity for better understanding causes as well as methods for preventing harm. Over the last five years, NY's ACP, under the leadership of Ethan Fried, MD, MACP, of St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, and a statewide advisory committee with the support of the New York State Department of Health's Patient Safety Center, pioneered the first statewide near miss registry. In the initial phase, the near miss investigators traine
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Contact: David Kinsman
dkinsman@acponline.org
202-261-4554
American College of Physicians
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