Population Health and Health Policy

Improving Medical Office Patient Safety Toolkit

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In 2013, Maine piloted the Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Medical Office Survey on Patient Safety Culture to 78 primary and specialty care practices in Maine.

Results from the survey showed that while practices may be doing well in areas such as patient care tracking and communication about errors, practices struggle with standardization of office processes and staff training, which were two areas significantly lower than the national comparison.

Cutler staff meet with Department of Labor in Washington, DC

Cutler Institute staff meet with the Department of Labor in Washington, DC on November 5, 2014. Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy staff have received their second Susan Harwood Training Grant from OSHA, Department of Labor. The cross-program Cutler team led by Judy Tupper and Sue Ebersten are designing and piloting online courses for EMS personnel on the topics of bloodborne pathogens, respiratory hazards, and ergonomics. Judy Tupper and Theresa Bishop, Office of Sponsored Programs, recently traveled to Washington, DC to meet with Department of Labor officials and other grantees from around the United States. Picture: Judy Tupper, DHEd, Muskie School, and Theresa Bishop, USM Office of Sponsored Programs, meeting with OSHA officials at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC.
Picture of: Judy Tupper, DHEd, Muskie School, and Theresa Bishop, USM Office of Sponsored Programs, meeting with OSHA officials at the Department of Labor in Washington, DC.

Patient Safety Academy hosts national speakers

The 5th annual Patient Safety Academy will be held on Friday, September 5th, in the Abromson Center on the USM Portland campus. All persons interested in or engaged in patient safety are invited to attend. Workshops will address topics related to pharmacy, patient engagement, infection prevention, health information technology, and more! Nationally recognized speakers Kathleen Galt and Tejal Gandhi will provide the opening and closing plenary, to which USM faculty and staff are invited. Local and regional experts will be leading a full slate of workshops during the day-long event. To register for the workshops or for more information, please visit the Patient Safety Academy website at: http://usm.maine.edu/muskie/psa

Patient Safety Academy 2014

Event Date and Time: 
Friday, September 5, 2014, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: 
USM- Portland Campus, Abromson Center
Contact Name: 
Judy Tupper
Contact Phone: 
207-228-8407
Contact Email: 
jtupper@usm.maine.edu

Patient Safety Academy LogoThe Patient Safety Academy, now in it's 5th year, brings together individuals engaged in healthcare quality and patient safety activities.  An interdisciplinary day-long event, the Academy provides thought-provoking sessions, skill building workshops,and the sharing of best practices in patient safety. Nationally recognized leaders will present the opening and closing plenary sessions, with workshops led by local experts on topics including pharmacy and medication management, patient engagement, health information technology, prevention of health associated infections, and much more!  Colleagues will be able to network and share best practices through interactive sessions and best practice displays. Continuing Education credit is available for CPHQ, Nursing, and Pharmacy.The Academy will also honor Maine's leaders in patient safety through the Rising Tide awards.

For more information, a list of workshops, and to register, please visit http://usm.maine.edu/muskie/psa

Rural Implementation and Impact of Rural Medicaid Expansions

Event Date and Time: 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Location: 
Webinar
Contact Name: 
Erika Ziller
Contact Phone: 
207-780-4615
Contact Email: 
eziller@usm.maine.edu

The impact of the ACA Medicaid expansion on health care coverage and access in rural areas is largely unknown and will depend on the different state policy contexts in which the expansions are implemented and on existing system capacity. Understanding how many rural residents are likely to become newly eligible for Medicaid under the ACA, as well as their characteristics and health status, will provide important information to aid policymakers in structuring outreach and enrollment strategies and ensuring that the healthcare infrastructure and delivery systems in rural areas can address the needs of these individuals. 
 
On March 18th, Dr. Erika Ziller, Deputy Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center at the University of Southern Maine, will present via a webinar, nationally representative information identifying rural-urban differences among low-income non-elderly adults (18 to 65) in the following areas:

  • Medicaid eligibility, pre-ACA
  • Medicaid participation, pre-ACA
  • New Medicaid eligibility in 2014

Dr. Ziller will also analyze the characteristics associated with any rural-urban differences in the above areas. Characteristics to be considered include age, gender, employment, education, income, Census region, health status, current relationship to primary care provider, primary care supply, and FQHC availability.

Register for the free webinar at: https://cc.readytalk.com/cc/s/registrations/new?cid=hoyjw9mp1en8

This webinar is based on Dr. Ziller's research under a State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE) grant to inform federal and state implementation of the ACA Medicaid expansion by estimating the size and characteristics of the rural population likely to be newly eligible.

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