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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Wednesday, November 8, 2006


Common Good and the Harvard School of Public Health will be webcasting their upcoming event, Health Courts and Administrative Compensation: Opportunities for Safety Enhancement.

Speakers at the event include: Harvard School of Public Health Professors David Studdert and Michelle Mello, Dr. Dennis O'Leary, President of the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), and Massachusetts State Senator Robert O'Leary.  These speakers and others will discuss how an administrative approach to injury compensation could enhance safety and quality, as well as legal and policy issues likely to be raised by proposed demonstration projects.

The webcast will begin at 1 p.m. EST on Wednesday, November 8th.  Access the webcast and more information at  The event agenda can be found here:

Here is some further information:

The goal behind health courts is to create a reliable system that sends consistent signals to providers about what constitutes appropriate care, lowers administrative costs, and improves patient safety and the quality of care.  We’ve seen significant interest in the concept from a wide variety of groups, including providers, consumers, and business groups.  Legislative proposals to create health courts (or pilot projects) are pending at both the federal and state levels.  There were hearings on health courts in both the U.S. House and Senate this past summer, which you can read more about on our website here:

In addition, our research team at Harvard recently published an article about how health courts could improve patient safety in The Milbank Quarterly.  You can read our press release about the article here:  and you can access the full article at this link: .

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