Stand Up For Change

The Patient Safety Movement is a “big tent” organization that invites the contributions of the broadest spectrum of policy professionals: patient advocates, public officials, public health professionals, and healthcare reformers. The Patient Safety Movement welcomes you all to the fight.

Overall, the Healthcare Crisis in America at present is largely recognized now as being particularly a consequence of waste, fraud, and abuse. Globally, the story isn’t much different.

By learning about more friends and family affected, the public is rapidly becoming more outraged by this realization. And we, through this Patient Safety Movement, are serving the public by addressing perhaps the most socially egregious aspect of waste, an apparent disregard for the safety and well-being of patients in hospitals that can be mitigated by the very straightforward processes, Actionable Patient Safety Solutions™ (APSS™), we recommend.

We also believe that NOW is the time for people who have experienced unsafe care and concerned citizens to rise up and educate themselves on what they can do to make care safer, and create a public Movement to drive our Patient Safety Moonshot™ forward.

The Costs of Preventable Deaths

From both human and financial perspectives, the cost of preventable patient harm and death is staggering.

In the United States:

  • 200,000 deaths per year affect millions of family members, friends, and colleagues
  • Medical errors are the 3rd leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer
  • The economic impact of medical errors is estimated to be between $19.5 and $958B per year

Worldwide:

  • Medical errors are the 14th leading cause of death.
  • Preventable in-hospital deaths kill more people than Tuberculosis (TB), Malaria and HIV, combined.

But, as with any challenge of this magnitude, the opportunity to achieve positive change is equally vast.

Helpful Introductory Resources

We invite you to review our Challenges & Solutions. You’ll find the latest patient safety problems that hospitals and healthcare organizations are facing as well as solutions built by a multidisciplinary group of patient safety experts and patients who volunteer their time updating them annually.

Although it’s a painful experience, we encourage you to read our Patient Stories. If you need any additional evidence that preventable death is a major public health issue, you’ll find it there.

Finally, we invite you to attend the World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit. Attending the Summit, which has emerged as the preeminent patient safety conference in the nation, is an excellent way for you to get immersed––quickly and deeply––in the Movement. You are sure to come away with new policy directions to explore.

Public Policy Resources

We’ve compiled information about what Government and Elected Officials have supported our Movement and patient safety-related initiatives. We also share several Reports and Resources that may be helpful. And lastly, you’ll find what External Legislation the Patient Safety Movement Foundation has supported.

FAQs

What role does the government play to advance patient safety?

In the United States, the federal government is involved in patient safety both as a regulator and a payer.  As a regulator, government agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) serve an important role to ensure safety standards for medicines and medical devices.  As a payer, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides healthcare benefits for over 90 million people by reimbursing hospitals, doctors, and other clinicians for the care they deliver to patients.  Through these dual functions, the government has considerable influence on the standards for patient safety across the country.

What can you do to improve how the government protects patients from preventable harm?

Congress creates laws, provides funding for federal agencies, and conducts oversight of how laws are being administered by the government.  Your elected representatives serve as your voice in this process and need to hear from you to make sure they are aware of important issues like patient safety.  Share your personal experiences with them, explain your concerns, and offer possible solutions for them to consider.  Your state elected officials also have an important role in making laws about health insurance and the licensing of medical facilities and healthcare providers.

Doesn’t the government already have laws and rules about patient safety?  Why aren’t these laws helping reduce the number of preventable medical errors?

There are many laws and regulations in place that aim to reduce medical errors, make patient safety a priority, and provide transparency about medical errors and preventable harm.  However, many of these laws and rules simply are not working to reduce the rate of medical errors.  It is time to reevaluate some of these laws and make necessary changes.  Some of the PSMF policy proposals are outlined below that focus on reforming and improving the healthcare delivery system.  Government must use its considerable influence as a regulator and a payer to drive changes.