Why Does the U.S. Need a National Patient Safety Board?

Why Does the U.S. Need a National Patient Safety Board? [Webinar]

January 25, 2023, 1 to 2 pm ET

A panel discussion with:

  • Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD, President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative
  • Ken Segel, CEO of Value Capture
  • Moderated by Mark Graban, Value Capture

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The Institute of Medicine’s groundbreaking report, To Err is Human, was published 20 years ago and spurred a vigorous effort to improve patient safety, but preventable medical errors still cause an estimated 250,000 deaths a year in the United States, making this problem the third-leading cause of death. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has put the healthcare workforce in crisis, and safety is suffering.

Well-intentioned efforts to improve processes and change behavior in the healthcare industry have been decentralized and resulted in minimal improvements, says Karen Wolk Feinstein, Ph.D. The failure can be traced, in part, to the lack of a single federal agency that investigates healthcare errors and identifies ways to prevent them, she says.

Dr. Feinstein is spearheading the creation of a proposed federal independent agency, the National Patient Safety Board (NPSB), modeled in part after the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Commercial Aviation Safety Team, that would identify and anticipate significant harm in healthcare; provide expertise to study the context and causes of harm and solutions; and create solutions to prevent patient safety events from occurring.

This idea is fully supported by Ken Segel, as he has discussed in this blog post. He will join Dr. Feinstein for the discussion.

In December, legislation was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives: H.R.9377 – the National Patient Safety Board Act.


Learning Objectives

This session will cover topics including:

  • The inspiration provided by the late Paul O'Neill, Sr.
  • What progress have we seen on patient safety in the past 20 years? Why haven't we seen more?
  • How can we spread proven approaches for preventing harm?
  • Why create another new agency, the NPSB?
  • What models were used to formulate the NPSB?
  • What coalition have you formed to support the NPSB, and how can attendees help?

You'll be able to ask our expert panelists live questions about this legislation, the NPSB, and patient safety in general.

Webinar Panelists

Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD

Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD

President and CEO of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Dr. Karen Wolk Feinstein is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF) and its three operating arms, the Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative (PRHI), Health Careers Futures (HCF), and the Women’s Health Activist Movement Global (WHAMglobal). Combined, they perform a unique mix of grantmaking, research, teaching, coaching, and project management to serve as a regional catalyst for healthcare reforms.

Under her leadership, JHF and PRHI have become a leading voice in patient safety, healthcare quality, and related workforce issues. When Dr. Feinstein founded PRHI, it was among the nation’s first regional multi-stakeholder quality coalitions devoted simultaneously to advancing efficiency, best practices, and safety. Dr. Feinstein founded HCF to assist the region’s healthcare industry in attracting, preparing, and retaining employees. WHAMglobal was established to empower women to lead efforts to advance healthcare systems that are transparent, respectful, accountable, and equitable.

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Ken Segel

Ken Segel

Co-founding principal and CEO, Value Capture

Ken Segel is a co-founding principal of Value Capture and serves as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the firm.

In this role, he provides support to CEOs of healthcare organizations dedicated to eliminating injuries and improving quality as a means to dramatically raise the clinical and financial performance of the entire institution.

Prior to forming Value Capture, Mr. Segel served as the founding director of the Pittsburgh Regional Healthcare Initiative (PRHI). PRHI achieved best-in-nation regional results in the elimination of several classes of risk for patients.

Before helping to create PRHI, Mr. Segel served for five years as Senior Program Officer at the Jewish Healthcare Foundation of Pittsburgh, where he guided many community health improvement initiatives and initiated the Foundation's formal public policy program.

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