Patient Safety Tools for Physician Practices

The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) has worked closely with other organizations to develop resources that physicians can use to improve the quality of services and minimize risk of patient harm. These collaborations created two sets of tools that medical groups and others can use:

Physician Practice Patient Safety Assessment

In 2006, the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) launched the Physician Practice Patient Safety Assessment® (PPPSA), a self-assessment tool that helps physician practices evaluate their patient-safety processes and detect areas for improvement.

The PPPSA is designed to: 

  • Enhance physician awareness of patient safety
  • Heighten provider knowledge of characteristics that make a practice safer
  • Create baseline comparisons for practices to use to enhance and support patient safety

Practices can use this tool to identify areas of potential harm to patients, provide safer and better care, reduce liability and facilitate conversation among staff and physicians to identify opportunities for increasing patient safety.

Get Started With PPPSA

 

Pathways for Patient Safety

 

In 2009, the Health Research and Educational Trust (HRET), the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) and the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) released Pathways for Patient Safety™, three white papers that provide information and further tools that can help a physician practice reduce the risk of patient harm. The three modules are available in a PDF format as a free download and include:

  • Working as a Team which outlines actions required for building high-performing patient safety teams and techniques for effective communications among care givers to reduce patient harm.
  • Assessing Where You Stand with practical advice on how to minimize the possibility of medical errors by assessing current patient-safety procedures, addressing practice culture, and setting goals.
  • Creating Medication Safety which describes what you need to do when implementing a medication reconciliation process and when prescribing or administering medications that may be harmful to patients.
     

Download the three Pathways for Patient Safety tools



About Us

For additional information on the three organizations and contributors that created the Physician Practice Patient Safety Assessment, and the Pathways for Patient Safety contact:

Contact Us

MGMA Service Center
104 Inverness Terrace East
Englewood, CO 80112
877. 275.6462 extension 1888
Or e-mail: patientsafety@mgma.com

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