Physician Practice Patient Safety Assessment

Medical Group Management Association (in collaboration with Health Research and Educational Trust and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices)
Englewood, Colorado, USA

 

The Physician Practice Patient Safety Assessment (PPPSA) is a tool designed to help individual physician practices measure safety and quality processes.

 
The tool is designed to be a comprehensive assessment by a multidisciplinary team of administrators, physicians, nurses and technicians within individual practices in the ambulatory setting.  The team assesses six domains related to care:
  1. Medications
  2. Handoffs and transitions between providers or settings
  3. Surgery, anesthesia, and invasive procedures
  4. Personnel qualifications and competencies
  5. Practice management and culture
  6. Patient education and communication

 

Background

The Medical Group Management Association Center for Research, in collaboration with Health Research and Educational Trust and the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, developed and tested the PPPSA tool under a grant from The Commonwealth Fund.

 
The tool includes input from a national panel of patient safety experts from all health care disciplines, along with a working group of advisory members from academia, clinical practice, quality and safety organizations, and other fields.
 
Directions
A downloadable PDF version of the tool (for single use in one practice) is available free of charge on the following website: http://www.mgma.com/pppsa/

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