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Saturday, January 19, 2008

What's in a PCAC?

Following on our theme below, I am presenting a bit more on our governance of hospital safety and quality to provide background to others in the field who might be interested. A friend asked me how our Patient Care Assessment and Quality Committee (PCAC) is constituted and what its charter is. Here it is in its entirety. The key points are that its job is related to the overall institutional goals established by the Board of Directors (the ones mentioned below), as well as statutory responsibilities. Also, that membership by the lay leadership (entitled "Medical Center Governance" below) always exceeds that of internal management and clinical leadership. Note, too, the inclusion of the Vice President of Education to ensure that quality and safety programs are integrated into the educational programs for both medical students and residents -- very important in an academic medical center.

This is a hard-working committee for the volunteer leadership, meeting monthly and dealing with difficult and challenging issues. We have great appreciation for those people, who devote hours well beyond the committee meetings in staying informed and thinking about the most important topics on the Board's agenda.

BIDMC Committee Charter
Patient Care Assessment and Quality Committee (PCAC)

Reports To: BIDMC Board of Directors

The mission of the Patient Care Assessment and Quality Committee (PCAC) is to support the aspirations for clinical quality and safety for BIDMC as set forth by the Board of Directors, and make appropriate recommendations for improvement. The PCAC shall also serve the role of Medical Peer Review Committee as defined under the statutes of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Charge and Scope:
Monitor the occurrence of harm to BIDMC patients, with a focus on response and corrective action when harm occurs.
Select and monitor priority metrics that evaluate clinical quality and safety processes and outcomes achieved within BIDMC.
Recommend to the Board of Directors, at least annually, priority initiatives for improving quality and safety of care at BIDMC, and monitor the extent to which approved priority initiatives are satisfactorily executed.
Ensure that BIDMC remains alert to current best practices for quality and safety, at BIDMC and other entities (in health care as well as other settings), and recommends appropriate adoption. This shall include ensuring that best practices within BIDMC itself are spread and implemented throughout the organization.
Approve annually the Qualified Patient Care Assessment Program.
Ensure that all regulatory reporting mandates for clinical performance, including the filing of major incident reports to the Commonwealth, are met.
Ensure that members of the Committee have the appropriate knowledge and training necessary to carry out the mission of the committee.

Committee Chair:
Member of BIDMC Governance, Appointed by Chair of Board of Directors

Chair (Member of Medical Center Governance)
Vice Chair (Member of Medical Center Governance)
Chair, Board of Directors, ex officio
CEO, ex officio
President, faculty practice, ex officio
Chair, Medical Executive Committee, ex officio
Chair, Deptartment of Surgery, ex officio
Chair, Department of Medicine, ex officio
Chair, Academic Department (Rotating 1 year appointment, appointed by the Chair of the Medical Executive Committee)
Vice President, Education, ex officio
11-24 Members (Members of Medical Center Governance)

Chief Operating Officer
Senior Vice President, Clinical Operations
Senior Vice President, Health Care Quality
Patient Care Assessment Coordinator

Meeting Schedule:
Monthly (except no August meeting)

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