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– IDAHO –
Public and Private Policy
Medical Errors and Patient Safety

Overview

  • 1. Overview of Idaho's Program

    Idaho has no adverse event / medical error reporting program, and public advocacy for patient safety or event reporting has not become a primary focus into early 2006. The legislature has not addressed these issues in any detail, and private initiatives in early 2006 are confined to initiatives from Qualis Health, the Quality Improvement Organization for Idaho.

    • •  State / Public Initiatives

      Idaho has demonstrated limited public support and resources for patient safety issues. There are no inititiatives or programs within the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) that specifically address patient safety or adverse event reporting.

      Idaho law (§39-1392a(11) ID Code) stipulates that patient safety activities, including

      "Quality assurance and improvement, patient safety investigations and analysis, patient adverse outcome reviews, and root-cause analysis and investigation activities by a health care organization . ."

      are designated as “peer review” activities. As such, the monitoring of patient safety issues is entirely confidential and controlled by the peer review process at the level of each health care organization. There is no possibility of public review or access to patient safety and adverse events.

    • •  Private Initiatives
      • ◊  Idaho Hospital Association (IHA)

        IHA, is the trade organization representing Idaho hospitals. The IHA website does not address patient safety or event reporting in any organized program or initiatives, and many of the publications are restricted for viewing by members.

      • ◊  Idaho Medical Association (IMA)

        The Idaho Medical Association (IMA) serves the interests of Idaho physicians. There are no initiatives addressing Patient Safety or event reporting noted on the website through early 2006.

      • ◊  Qualis Health

        As part of its contract with CMS, Qualis Health (the Quality Improvement Organization serving Idaho, Washington, and Alaska) has several projects that address healthcare quality, and some of these initiatives clearly address patient safety. Because Qualis Health is the only private or public entity that addresses these issues at a state level, it appears to be Idaho's primary organizational portal for addressing patient safety and quality.


Statutes and Administrative Rules

Idaho law (§39-1392a(11) ID Code) stipulates that patient safety activities, including

"Quality assurance and improvement, patient safety investigations and analysis, patient adverse outcome reviews, and root-cause analysis and investigation activities by a health care organization . ."

are designated as “peer review” activities. As such, the monitoring of patient safety issues is entirely confidential and controlled by the peer review process at the level of each health care organization. There is no possibility of public review or access to patient safety and adverse events.


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