The Massachusetts Coalition
The Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors is a public-private partnership whose mission is to improve patient safety and eliminate medical errors in Massachusetts.
The Coalition's membership includes consumer organizations, state agencies, hospitals, professional associations for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, long-term care, as well as health plans, employers, policymakers, and researchers. The Coalition leverages the efforts of all of these organizations to accomplish the shared goal of improving patient safety. The Coalition promotes a systems-oriented approach to improving patient safety, identifying the causes of medical errors, and developing and supporting implementation of strategies for prevention.
2014 Patient Safety Forum
- Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors
- Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction
Read the program highlights »
On May 20, 2013, the MA Coalition celebrated its 15th anniversary with a gala event, entitled "Celebrate & Accelerate."
- Listen to the introductory video by Lynn Nicholas, President of the Massachusetts Hospital Association
- Read the full details of the program, including our sponsors, event chairs, speaker biographies, member endorsements, presentation materials, videos, photos, and the program brochure.
Listed below are links to the Coalition's Initiatives in the prevention of medical errors:
Coalition Succeeds in Infection Prevention 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlighted the work of the MA Coalition for its successful hospital C. difficile Prevention Collaborative which reduced these life-threatening infections by 25%. More information is available by clicking here.
Massachusetts Medical Law Reports 2008 RX for Excellence Award
Massachusetts Medical Law Reports Rx for Excellence Awards honor the people and organizations in Massachusetts health care that demonstrate the highest standards to ensure safety in the care or products they provide to patients, or to teach others what they can do to improve safety and manage risk in the health care profession. The Coalition received a Leaders in Quality award in September 2008.
Joint Commission 2005 National Patient Safety Goals include Coalition initiatives:
The National Patient Safety Goals established by the Joint Commission for 2005 for hospitals nationally included new standards for the two topics which were already the focus of statewide patient safety initiatives sponsored by the Coalition and Massachusetts Hospital Association - Reconciling Medications and Communicating Critical Test Results. The safe practices and toolkits for these topics may be found on the Initiatives page.