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THIS JUST IN March 12, 2012  

Does your facility practice SAFE CARE?

In celebration of Patient Safety Week, The Joint Commission’s SAFE CARE program provides patients and families instant access to current safety videos at the beside. This program uses free posters with QR codes that hospitals can hang in patients’ rooms. Patients and their families then capture the QR code with their smart phones (or by texting the word “SAFE” to 411247) and they’ll be directed to SAFE CARE’s safety video library.

Disparities toolkit gets a makeover

The Health Research Education and Trust has updated its Disparities Toolkit, a free, web-based tool for hospitals, health systems, clinics, and health plans that provides information and resources for systematically collecting race, ethnicity, and primary language data from patients.

Insuring pre-existing conditions: 50,000 strong

The Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan program is providing insurance to 50,000 patients with high-risk, pre-existing conditions nationwide. Starting in 2014, under the Affordable Care Act, insurers will no longer be able to deny coverage to any American with a pre-existing condition.

Integrating health professions education

Six national health professions associations have joined to create the Interprofessional Education Collaborative, an organization that will focus on integrating and coordinating the education of nurses, physicians, dentists, pharmacists, public health professionals, and other members of the patient healthcare team to provide more collaborative and patient-centered care.


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