Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to write, blog, and rant about the OHRP’s horrific decision to shut down the Hopkins-Michigan ICU checklist study, a decision that threatens the future of quality improvement and safety efforts in American healthcare. Today, the major hospital-based societies – representing over 100,000 clinicians and leaders – sent a powerful letter to HHS Secretary Leavitt, asking that he stop the madness.
(For background info on this case of massive regulatory hyperplasia, see my prior blogs here and here.)
The letter, co-signed by the Society of Hospital Medicine, the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Thoracic Society, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the American College of Chest Physicians, is here. And by clicking here, you’ll be taken to SHM’s spiffy Legislative Action Center, which makes it easy to write to your Senator and Representative.
I’m betting that the OHRP thinks that – because this is just about patient welfare and not about our economic self-interest – they can wait us out and we’ll let it go. Let’s prove ’em wrong.
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