Patient Safety & Medical Liability Reform Initiative
AHRQ funded $23 million in planning and demonstration grants through the initiative. The grants were designed to help States and health care systems test models to reform medical liability and patient safety while meeting the following goals:
- Put patient safety first and work to reduce preventable injuries.
- Foster better communication between doctors and their patients.
- Ensure that patients are compensated in a fair and timely manner for medical injuries while also reducing the incidence of frivolous lawsuits.
- Reduce liability premiums.
Communication and Optimal Resolution Toolkit
Based on expert input and lessons learned from the Patient Safety and Medical Liability grant initiative, AHRQ funded a $3 million contract to develop and test a Communication and Optimal Resolution (CANDOR) toolkit. The CANDOR process helps health care institutions and providers respond in a timely, thorough, and just way when unexpected events cause patient harm. It was tested in 14 hospitals across three U.S. health systems.
Select for the CANDOR Toolkit.
Advances in Patient Safety and Medical Liability
Under the Patient Safety and Medical Liability Initiative, AHRQ funded 13 planning grants and 7 demonstration grants; the goal was to help States and health systems seek comprehensive solutions that improve patient safety and address the underlying causes of the malpractice problem. Advances in Patient Safety and Medical Liability presents contributions and findings from the AHRQ-funded projects. In addition to a prologue, the volume includes two commentaries and nine papers, organized into two primary themes: improving communication and improving patient safety.