There are databanks that track bad doctors. The National Practitioner Databank and the Healthcare Databank were created for this purpose. Recently, the Connecticut Supreme Court rendered a decision in which the justices ruled that neither database can be accessed by the public under freedom of information laws. As Jean Rexford points out in an article titled "The Case Of The Doctored Sperm Donation," it is good that these databanks give "hospitals and medical schools access to the physicians' histories, for hiring purposes". But she goes on to state that "medical consumers should be able to access similar information."
February 4, 2014, Today’s guest post on the Connecticut Health Foundation blog was written by Jean Rexford, Executive Director of the CT Center for Patient Safety. "How can so many bright people not see what I see? Years ago, a PBS special featured how different animals and birds saw the world through their unique set of eyes. Eagles, chameleons, houseflies have a unique lens that allow them to see what they need to so that might survive in a complex world. I think of this often as I sit at multiple tables, in Connecticut and on national committees. Why don’t the other people at the table know what I know?" Read more.
Listen to CTCPS Executive Director, Jean Rexford's recent interview on WTIC's "Face Connecticut" hosted by Sam Gingerella which aired Sunday morning, November 17th. In this discussion, Jean talked about the changing face of hospital care, infection rates and other medical harm, the patients’ role and voice in healthcare, and how CTCPS is engaged in representing and protecting the patient on a local and national level.
This article, 10 Tips for a Better Hospital Stay in October's Healthylife magazine, to which Jean Rexford has contributed and is quoted in, talks about 10 steps you can take to better anticipate and prepare for a trip to the hospital. Taking an active role in your care can help to ensure a positive hospital experience. With some smart preparation, you can feel confident that you've done your best to create a situation that will lead to a speedy and healthy recovery.
An article, State's Doctor Discipline Process Hampered by Delays, authored by journalists Colleen McKown and Lisa Chedekel, in which Jean Rexford is quoted, can be found in both the CT Post and on the C-Hit Websites. It discusses the profound delay from the time that a complaint is filed about medical care and the time that a disciplinary decisions is rendered can range from one year to as long as four years. During this delay, the provider continues to practice.
The State of Connecticut is currently engaged in the development of a database that will consolidate – for the first time – data for health encounters across every provider, facility, plan, and health claim payer. The All Payer Claim Database (APCD) is the federally funded underpinning for evidence-based reforms that can influence economic and equity analysis, health systems quality and outcomes benchmarking, and consumer transparency. This is an important project of inestimable value to our state. Looking at information gathered from ten states have already established APCDs, we endeavored to translate what we learned into recommendations for consideration in our state. Our findings, in a study done by Jean Rexford, Ellen Andrews, PhD and Brenda Shipley, MA can be read here.
AIG Study Shows Hospital C-Suite and Risk Managers Struggle with Maintaining Patient Safety. View
Jean Rexford is quoted in this C-Hit article titled Hospitals Mobilize To Tackle Alarm Fatigue which discusses the phenomenon known industry-wide as alarm fatigue where medical devices with built-in alarms – such as heart monitors, infusion pumps and ventilators – designed to alert caregivers that patients are in danger could potentially put patients at risk because caregivers are desensitized by the sheer number of alerts and false alarms.
Jean Rexford testified at a hearing of the US Senate Special Committee on Aging on Next Steps for Patient Safety: Assuring High Value Health Care Across All Sites of Care, held by Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. It was well attended and CTCPS will continue working with Senator Blumenthal on the issues that were raised this afternoon. Read Jean's testimony.
Checklists, teamwork minimizing mistakes in medicine. View
Health Department defends discipline of doctors. View
Connecticut State lawmakers are moving ahead with legislation they say will fix a problem with Connecticut's medical malpractice law that has kept some legitimate lawsuits out of the courts. View
Listen to CTCPS's own Jean Rexford discussing Patient Safety on WNPR's Where We Live from March 6, 2012 show. Listen
Safety Advocates Unveil Device Safety Agenda, Ramp Up Lobbying - InsideHealthPolicy.com by Nanci Bompey - Wednesday February 15, 2012 View
Safe To Be Sick in the National Journal By Maggie Fox Updated: January 26, 2012 10:25 am View
Hospital Errors Persist, State Probes Rare by Lisa Chedekel on Jan 29, 2012 9:00 pm View
Blumenthal Sponsors Bill To Protect Patients From Unsafe Medical Devices View
CTCPS joins 30 other organizations in a call for Safe Drug Manufacturing Reforms Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 View
Red flags raised with alarming medical board decisions - Debra Friedman, Staff Writer View
Disciplines Docs Practice Freely In State View
A Jan 21 article in the Journal Inquirer (Manchester) cites CTCPs's efforts on hospital acquired infection View
Medical fraud in CT costs feds millions of dollars View
An Ounce of Evidence | Health Policy View
FDA Failed to Track Substandard Generics, Congress Told View
In A Major Shift, Medicare Wants Power to Ban Harmful Prescribers View
Clean Sweep: Hospitals Bring Janitors to the Front Lines of Infection Control View
Medicare To Punish 24 State Hospitals For High Readmissions View
Aetna withdraws from state's health insurance exchange View
Bone-Chilling Mistakes Hospitals Make And Why They Don't Want You To Know View
'Top' hospitals aren't always tops, new report finds View
Scientists Seek to Rein In Diagnoses of Cancer View
NY, NJ cardiologist admits record $19M fraud; thousands of patients got unneeded treatment View
Are Hospitals Less Safe Than We Think? View
Hospitals 'Unaccountable,' says surgeon in new book View
Far more could be done to stop the deadly bacteria C. diff. View
MRSA on the Rise: Infections Have Doubled in 5 Years View
Anemia drugs made billions, but at what cost? View
Big Pharma's Big Fines View
FDA To Fund Controversial Research Foundation View
Troubling Flaws in a Heart Device Shake Implant Makers. View
Drugmakers have paid $8 billion in fraud fines. View
Conn. Law Nixing Legitimate Malpractice Lawsuits has led to many cases being dismissed View
Pfizer Inc. must pay more than $45 million in damages to two women who blamed the company's menopause drugs for their breast cancers View
Patients Can Protect Themselves Against Hospital Errors and Infections View
Without Autopsies, Hospitals Bury Their Mistakes View
Bill Would Require More Monitoring of Implants View
Doing Things Right: Why Three Hospitals Didn't Harm My Wife View
CT DPH - Legislative Report To The General Assembly ADVERSE EVENT REPORTING View
Feds to allow use of Medicare data to rate doctors, hospitals and other health care providers View
Patient Safety Advocates Start New England Watchdog Group View
Medical Professionals Fail to Report Near-Misses View
Will $1.2 Million a Day Convince Congress to Buy Big Pharma's Rx for Change? View
Jurevicius sues Browns over staph View
EDITORIAL: State should ban gifts to doctors View
Bill would limit 'gifts' to doctors View
End Drug Company Gifts To Doctors View
Drug Company Gifts Are Bad Medicine View
What You Don't Know About a Drug Can Hurt You View
Lack of federal-level hospital oversight leaves patients suffering View
NPR doc didn't disclose pharma payments View
Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report View
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