Hot CME Topic: Patient Safety

Beginning with the 2003 year, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) will annually establish six National Patient Safety Goals as part of its intensive efforts to reduce errors in health care. CME providers may want to consider an added emphasis on educating physicians about patient safety issues as a result.

The first set of goals, derived from existing issues of JCAHO's patient safety newsletter Sentinel Event Alert, will be announced in July 2002.

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