SPOTLIGHT: Insurers could play a key role in ensuring patient safety

Patient safety is a concept that has a high "buzz" value, but healthcare providers sometimes falter turning the ideal into an on-the-ground reality, says FierceHealthPayer's Caralyn Davis. "Sure, many hospitals are making great strides toward setting benchmarks in patient safety. Augusta Health in Fishersville, Va., recently received the Patient Safety Excellence Award from HealthGrades. Award winners are 43 percent less likely to have patient safety mishaps than most hospitals. But all you have to do is Google 'patient safety' or the like to find at least one headline-making incident that drives home this point: Not all hospitals are measuring up." Commentary