Wednesday, September 1, 2010

State Receives AHRQ Grant

The Governor’s Office announced that Massachusetts received a $2.9 million grant from AHRQ to support a three year collaborative effort to study ways to improve patient safety and reduce medical malpractice in primary care settings.

The award is the result of a partnership between the state’s Department of Public Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Health Care for All, the Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, and other leading health organizations.

Working with two leading medical malpractice insurers in Massachusetts, DPH has assembled a consortium that will work with leading quality improvement and safety experts to employ state-of-the-art approaches and tools to address three areas of identified risk in primary care practices. This includes medication management, test ordering and results management, and follow-up and referral management. Best practices developed during the project will be shared with primary care providers statewide at the conclusion of the three year grant cycle.