Tennessee Rural Hospital Patient Safety Project
Patient safety standards and systems have been developed and conducted in large, urban hospitals and the relevance of such standards and systems for smaller, rural hospitals has not been established. The purpose of this project is to test the feasibility, cost, and impact of implementing patient safety standards in small, rural hospitals. Working with 8 hospitals in Tennessee, this project will create a sustainable infrastructure for assisting rural hospitals to implement critical safety improvements and to more toward a universal culture of safety. The resulting materials and tools will allow for broader replication in Tennessee and other states.
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Policy Brief on Federal Health Care Reform
In this policy brief, Dr. Andrew Coburn of the Muskie School discusses three of the main components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): health insurance coverage, delivery system improvement, and cost containment, highlighting some of the provisions of the law that have already been implemented and those where important implementation decisions will have to be made.