HHS seeks input on national safety alliance

HHS has published a request for information on how it can best support the advancement of patient and healthcare worker safety as part of a new national alliance. 

The agency is seeking information from all stakeholders — including health system leaders, clinicians and patients — for how its National Healthcare System Action Alliance to Advance Patient Safety, which will launch in 2023, can be most effective. In November, HHS announced plans to launch the alliance and held a listening session with leaders from some of the nation's largest systems — including Sacramento, Calif.-based Adventist Health, Chicago-based CommonSpirit Health and Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare — and patient safety advocates. 

At the listening session, HHS received input from participants on the following questions, which are also included in its request for public comment: 

  1. What are the main challenges your system is facing in meeting your commitments to advancing patient safety as you emerge from the pandemic?
  1. What can HHS bring to the Action Alliance in terms of coordination, alignment, tools, training, and nonfinancial resources to support the effectiveness of the Action Alliance in assisting healthcare delivery systems in advancing patient and healthcare worker safety?
  1. How can the Action Alliance most effectively support your organization in advancing patient safety? Are there specific priorities for your system or settings of care?

Public comments on the matter will be accepted through Jan. 26. 

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