May 2002 AAOS Report
AAOS surgeon on JCAHO panel developing safety goals
AAOS member and former chair, Professional Liability Committee, Steven S. Fountain, MD, chairman, Norcal Insurance Co., Saratoga, Calif., is one of eight physicians on a panel of physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other patient safety experts to advise the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) in the development of its first set of National Patient Safety Goals. The 22-member group will initially conduct a thorough review of all existing Sentinel Event Alert recommendations and identify those that are candidates for inclusion in the annual National Patient Safety Goals. The goals eventually recommended by the advisory group will be forwarded to JCAHO's Board of Commissioners for final action. The first set of six National Patient Safety Goals will be announced in July. Beginning January 1 of the following year, health care organizations will be surveyed for compliance with the recommendations or implementation of an acceptable alternative, as appropriate to the services they provide. Noncompliance will result in a Requirement for Improvement (Type I Recommendation). Others physician panelists are: James P. Bagian, MD, PE, director, VHA National Center for Patient Safety, Ann Arbor, Mich.; William H. Beeson, MD, director, Beeson Aesthetic Surgery Institute, Carmel, Ind.; Patrick J. Brennan, MD, chief of health care quality and patient safety, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia; Peter Gross, MD, chairman, department of internal medicine, Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, N.J.; Brent James, MD, executive director, Institute for Health Care Delivery Research, Intermountain Health Care, Salt Lake City; Carl A. Sirio, MD, associate professor, anesthesiology, UPMC Health Systems, Pittsburgh; and Bonnie J. Atterbury Taylor, MD, medical director and senior vice president, Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, Ark.