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US House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. 116th Cong, 1st Sess (2019).
The Veterans Affairs (VA) health system is responsible for both systemic achievements and challenges. This hearing examined a series of problems occurring in the VA system including unexplained deaths of patients. Strategies presented during testimony to remedy these situations include improving employee background checks, credentialing gaps and response to reported clinician performance concerns.
Ratwani R; Giusti K; Dishman E.
Enabling patients to access their medical records has been found to enhance patient–clinician communication and uncover errors. This hearing explored the importance of providing patient access to personal health information to improve care. Testimonies discussed the need to have one integrated patient record and to design patient portals around human factors approaches to augment usability.
Committee on Veterans' Affairs United States Senate.
In this hearing Veterans Affairs leadership provide an update on the current investigation into data and scheduling manipulation in the VA system. The testimonies discuss the scope of the problem, suggest that the culture at the hospitals enabled record falsification to become normalized, and outline actions being taken to address weaknesses in processes and access to care.
Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, 113th Cong (July 17, 2014). (Testimony of John James, PhD; Ashish Jha, MD, MPH; Tejal Gandhi, MD, MPH; Peter Pronovost, MD, PhD; Joanne Disch, PhD, RN; Lisa McGiffert.)
A group of patient safety experts, including Drs. Peter Pronovost, Ashish Jha, and Tejal Gandhi, testified to Congress that more must be done to track and prevent widespread patient harms. The title of the hearing was based on the seminal study estimating that as many as 200,000 to 400,000 patients experience harms that contribute to their death each year. The medical experts recounted the lack of significant progress since the landmark Institute of Medicine report in 1999, and they called on Congress to task the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with tracking medical errors and patient harm. Dr. John James, a scientist who became engaged in patient safety efforts following the death of his son due to medical errors, recommended that lawmakers establish a National Patient Safety Board, similar to the current National Transportation Safety Board. A prior AHRQ WebM&M perspective discussed the many challenges of measuring patient safety.

Hearings before the Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce Committee, 112th Cong, 1st Sess (September 23, 2011).

This hearing focused on the problem of medication shortages and its impact on patients, hospitals, and providers.
Full Committee Hearing. US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (May 5, 2011) (testimony of Carolyn Clancy, MD; Timothy Charles; Philip Mehler, MD).
This testimony highlights insights from a policy leader, chief medical officer, and hospital leader on US government efforts to improve health care quality and safety.
Subcommittee on Health Care, Committee on Finance, US Senate, Government Accountability Office, GAO-09-516T (March 18, 2009) (testimony of Marjorie Kanof, MD).
This Congressional testimony summarizes a 2008 investigation and responds to its findings. It suggests that prioritization of effort, data consistency, and data compatibility are needed to improve health care–associated infection reduction efforts.
This hearing provides testimony from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the American College of Surgeons, the Medical Association of Georgia, and the National Partnership for Women & Families on the current state of patient safety and quality as well as suggested areas for improvement.