Dr. Karen Wolk Feinstein Speaks on Patient Safety Panel at National Quality Forum’s Annual Conference

Karen Wolk Feinstein, PhD (right) sits on a panel with (from left to right) Robert Valdez, Kenneth W. Kizer, Elizabeth Mort, and Leah Binder.

The 2023 National Quality Forum Annual Conference "Innovation in Action: Driving Change Through Measurement," held February 20-23 in Washington, DC, convened healthcare leaders to highlight public and private sector innovations that are the leading edge of improving urgent priorities such as maternity outcomes, behavioral health, equity, and affordability.This marked the first NQF Conference to be held in person since before the start of the pandemic.

Dr. Karen Wolk Feinstein, president and CEO of the Jewish Healthcare Foundation sat on the panel "Prioritizing Patient Safety: What Will It Take to Eliminate Avoidable Harm?" with Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group and member of the JHF Board of Trustees; Kenneth W. Kizer, adjunct professor at Stanford University School of Medicine; Robert Valdez, director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; and Elizabeth Mort, senior vice president, quality and safety and Chief Quality Officer, Massachusetts General Hospital.

Two decades after "To Err is Human," medical errors remain a leading cause of death in the U.S. Panelists discussed why eliminating avoidable healthcare harm is so intractable and shared what they think it will take to overcome the barriers and create breakthrough results.

At the conference, friend of the Foundation Jason Adelman, MD, MS received the Individual Achievement Award in the John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Awards in recognition of his achievements to improve patient safety and healthcare quality. Hardeep Singh, MD, MPH, a friend of the Foundation, received the 2021 Eisenberg Lifetime Achievement Award. 

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