NPSA Advocacy Coalition Kicks Off
On February 23, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative brought together the inaugural National Patient & Provider Safety Authority (NPSA) Coalition to align policy and advocacy efforts to create an NPSA in 2021. The Coalition reviewed the core functions of the NPSA and the Government Affairs strategy and the initial outcomes from the first round of meetings with U.S. Senators and Representatives. There are promising developments in building relationships and support on the Hill and a plan for navigating incoming administration officials.
Members of the Coalition include executive-level representatives from AARP Public Policy Institute, Business Group on Health, Carilion Clinic, Cincinnati Children's, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, Healthcare Council of Western PA, Hospital Quality Institute, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, School of Medicine, Carey Business School, and Bloomberg School of Public Health, Marshfield Clinic Health System, Massachusetts General Hospital, MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety, Microsoft, Mothers Against Medical Errors, National Association for Healthcare Quality, Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, Patient Safety Movement Foundation, Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative, Project Patient Care, The ERISA Industry Committee, The Leapfrog Group, University of Chicago Medicine, Value Capture, Verily Life Sciences, and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health.
The Coalition raised existing challenges and legislative specifications that need to be addressed in the short-term in order to move the policy forward. The initial next steps for the NPSA Coalition include continuing meetings that advance a multi-pronged strategy to create legislative and executive actions, developing additional supportive evidence and materials, drafting legislation, and doubling the size of the Coalition.