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Brian C. Maher, MPH

With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the health-care community is preparing for a tidal shift in how all providers are expected to perform. Hospitals and physicians increasingly will be held more accountable for ensuring that the key pillars of health-care reform are satisfied: improving the quality and

The 1999 Institute of Medicine report To Err Is Human┬╣ brought the extent and severity of medical errors to the attention of policymakers, hospital administrative staff, and health care providers. This landmark analysis sparked a broad change in the perception of how health care should be rendered to patients, with an increasing focus on safety and