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HRET to develop AHRQ patient safety/medical liability toolkit

November 6, 2013

AHA’s Health Research & Educational Trust affiliate will develop a toolkit for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that highlights successful projects to improve patient safety and communication and reduce medical liability costs. “HRET has a long track record of accelerating quality improvement, and we are therefore pleased to support AHRQ’s efforts in this area,” said Maulik Joshi, president of HRET and senior vice president of AHA. “This toolkit will help distill ongoing research in a way that can contribute to better patient care, lower costs and more effective use of limited resources.” The contract was awarded under AHRQ’s Patient Safety and Medical Liability Reform Initiative, an effort to move the health care system toward a non-punitive, systems-oriented approach and away from defensive medicine that may impede best care practices. HRET will administer the contract in partnership with the University of Illinois Institute for Patient Safety Excellence and others.