It’s been almost one month since the 2016 Presidential election, and many in healthcare are wondering what’s next, while talk of ACA repeal and Medicare privatization circulates. The ACA allowed for expanded funding in largescale patient safety initiatives, and shifted financial incentives towards paying for quality. So what would a repeal mean specifically to this increased focus on quality improvement in payment and safe care delivery? While much remains to be seen in the next year, this week’s Friday Five provides you a jumping off point to this conversation of crucial importance.


This Week's "Friday 5":
What Could ACA Repeal Mean for Safe, Quality Care?

1) NPR | Podcast: NPR's Audie Cornish talks to Republican Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart on what a GOP push to repeal the Affordable Care Act could mean for the insurance market and the U.S. economy:
Listen to Podcast.

2) Stat News | New leadership in the Oval Office likely won’t just effect the ACA and Medicaid; where will Medicare go from here?
Read Article.

3) Harvard Business Review | What is and Isn’t Working in the ACA, a Rundown of What Should be Kept no Matter What:
Read Article.

4) The Wall Street Journal | WSJ and Deloitte Insights Feature; What about MACRA and consumer driven delivery system reforms? 
Read Article.

5) New York Times | A joint discussion from two health policy analysts for The Upshot; If the ACA is repealed, what’s next? 
Read Interview.


AHRQ December Webinar: Reducing Workplace Violence with TeamSTEPPS®
AHRQ is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, December 14, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET on how teams can manage and care for aggressive and disruptive patients and maintain quality and safety through the integration of TeamSTEPPS. The webinar, “Reducing Workplace Violence with TeamSTEPPS®” will feature Mei Kong, R.N., M.S.N., assistant vice president and chief operating officer at New York City Health and Hospitals Coney Island and Joseph Sweeney, director of hospital police and workplace violence prevention coordinator at New York City Health and Hospitals Bellevue. Clinical teams can learn how to reduce risk of injury, meet regulatory standards, and become proactive members of the team by identifying behavioral triggers and underlying emotional or psychological issues that may cause the person in crisis to escalate to violent behavior. Utilizing TeamSTEPPS can help clinical teams apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to address difficult situations. At the conclusion of this webinar, participants be able to: 
  • Integrate TeamSTEPPS and nonviolent interventions to improve communication and teamwork for safe management of disruptive and aggressive patients.
  • Reduce workplace violence through the use of early intervention methods for de-escalation.
  • Enhance staff and patient experience and satisfaction through building a culture of patient and staff safety.
  • Increase joy and meaning of work through knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
Click here to register.


Those who work in rural healthcare know that rural health facilities like ambulatory and critical access clinics are truly unique, with their own set of virtues and challenges. David Allison of PeaceHealth shares how they navigate patient safety in this landscape. 


Kelly Veit, MHA

Program Director. Washington Patient Safety Coalition
Foundation for Healthcare Quality
705 Second Ave. Ste. 410
Seattle, WA 98104 | 206.204.7383


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