The AAMC submitted a Jan. 25 comment letter to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in response to its request for information, “Creating a National Healthcare System Action Alliance to Advance Patient Safety” [refer to Washington Highlights, Dec. 16, 2022].
“The AAMC is committed to working with the Administration to ensure access to high quality care for patients and advance the well-being of our nation’s health care workforce. The COVID-19 pandemic has posed enormous challenges and placed tremendous stress on our entire health care system – and teaching hospitals, medical schools, and teaching physicians have mobilized on all fronts to contain and mitigate COVID-19. We believe that there is much that we can learn and share from care delivery during the public health emergency (PHE) to inform the voluntary Action Alliance’s efforts to advance a culture of patient and workforce safety.”
Recommendations in the AAMC’s letter included a call for greater recognition of the strain on the workforce and need for collaboration as the health care system slowly emerges from the ongoing PHE. Additionally, the association urged the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to use the Action Alliance as a vehicle for better coordination of patient and workforce safety policy across the federal government and within the HHS. The AAMC also commented that the HHS should evaluate potential investment in patient safety research to supplement the Action Alliance’s efforts. Finally, when addressing health care equity as an integral aspect of patient and workforce safety, the association recommended that the Action Alliance expressly adopt a collaborative learning health system approach.
The agency will review comments as part of its broader consideration to form an Action Alliance.