Dr. Palmisano earns patient safety award
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Sept. 12, 2005
The nation's leading doctor-owned medical liability insurer recognized AMA Past President Donald J. Palmisano, MD, for his successful advocacy of the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005, which President Bush signed into law last July.
Napa, Calif.-based Doctors Company gave Dr. Palmisano its Award for the Advancement in Patient Safety. The new patient-safety law allows physicians, hospitals and other health care professionals to voluntarily and confidentially share information about medical errors in an attempt to understand and change the systemic factors that can lead to such errors.
Dr. Palmisano was AMA president for the 2003-04 term and serves on the National Patient Safety Foundation's board of directors.
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2005/09/12/prbf0912.htm.