Evaluate effects of electronic reporting – write a letter to facilities who report electronically
Support electronic reporting and provide input into the refining of UIRS – simplify the format for root cause analysis
Review and support Patient Safety Practices recommended
Evaluate approaches to underreporting – write letters to those facilities not reporting
- establish focus groups with facilities not reporting
- identify key components to the surveyor checklist for reporting unusual events by June 2006
Develop a statewide community education initiative on error prevention and error reporting
Plan and conduct a summit addressing patient safety and health care error reduction and provide direction for the future - address community and facility efforts in the annual report on patient safety
Evaluate and recommend improvement in professional reporting – provide updates to key professional boards at least twice a year
Establish a method to communicate data analysis and Patient Safety practices periodically – publish two newsletters during 2006
Assist in the development of approaches to improve completeness of reports – conduct education session in each region in conjunction with Associations and establish work groups to update interpretive guidelines
Identify new approaches that would address underreporting - conduct focus groups in each region of the State and write letter to those not reporting
Determine the type and most effective way to present information on patient safety and health care errors – revise membership list on TIPS, communicate in newsletter and website
- develop a model patient safety education and training program with THA and THCA’s assistance
- devise an expert consulting team to assist facilities with root cause analysis
Encourage medical schools, nursing schools, teaching hospitals to incorporate patient safety training programs into their curriculum – write a letter to each school encouraging addition of patient safety into their curriculum
The Tennessee Improving Patient Safety Coalition (TIPS) is a voluntary group of concern health care stakeholders established in August 2001. The broad-based coalition is represented by more than 30 different health care providers, professionals, industry associations, consumers, regulatory and accrediting organizations and purchasers committed to improving patient safety in Tennessee.
The coalition provides leadership and strategic planning for Tennessee's patient safety activity. Its members represent the major interests and stakeholders in health care and patient safety.
State Rules pertaining to Health Care Facilities are found at the following site:
State Laws pertaining to Health Care Facilities are found under Legal Resources, TN Code Annotated #68-11-201 through #68-11-1500 at the following site:
State Law pertaining to Health Data Reporting Act of 2002 #68-11-211 (PDF)
In order to clarify the interpretation of the term “event of an unusual nature”, the Department developed a reference manual for use by facility and Department staff. Each reportable event has a unique code and is defined by an inclusion and exclusion list for every occurrence code providing specific examples of reportable and non-reportable events.
The Tennessee Department of Health works to protect and promote the health of all Tennesseans. We welcome your comments and suggestions concerning improving patient safety.
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