Patient Safety Certificate Course

12.0 CME Credit

12.0 CE Credit

ABQAURP sub-specialty credits: Patient Safety/Risk Management 12.0, Physician Advisor 12.0, Managed Care 12.0, Transitions of Care 12.0, Case Management 12.0


This certificate course is comprised of three course modules each containing 4.0 CME/CE contact hours. In order to receive your Certificate in Patient Safety, you must complete all three modules. Once the course, final assessment and survey are completed, your CE certificate and 12.0 credit hours will be updated in our database. You will also receive a Patient Safety Certificate to display proudly. This completed course will become a valuable resource to rely on throughout your health care career.

In Module 1 of the Patient Safety Certificate Course, we will discuss the relative risk for harm to patients in the health care system. Large studies and reports, such as the ones from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), To Err is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm, revealed that harm to patients from medical errors is rampant and ultimately much of it is preventable.

Armed with that knowledge, Module 2 will focus on how health care organizations can both find and identify the risks that exist for their patients, as well as learn how to mitigate and prevent errors from occurring in the first place.

In Module 3, we explore the framework for success in advancing patient safety in health care organizations. Leadership is one of the most critical elements in a successful patient safety program. Safety is dependent on senior leaders in health care organizations to direct efforts that foster the culture and commitment required to address the underlying systems that allow medical errors and harm to occur to patients.

At the conclusion of this education activity, the learner will be able to:
  • Describe the historical progress of patient safety in health care
  • Discuss the impact of the Institute of Medicine report, To Err is Human, on patient safety practices across the United States
  • Identify key drivers for patient safety
  • Define safety culture and systems thinking in health care as it relates to improved patient safety
  • Explain the role of regulatory involvement in in health care as it relates to patient safety
  • Describe the mechanisms used to engage patients and their family members in improving patient safety
  • Describe how patient safety risks can be managed in health care settings
  • Discuss the top patient safety risks in health care
  • Identify methodologies for identifying patient safety risks in the local health care setting
  • Describe the role of event reporting, data mining and trigger tools in identifying and mitigating patient safety risks
  • Discuss methodologies for responding to medical errors when they occur
  • Describe how patient safety risks can be managed in health care settings
  • Discuss the role of leadership in advancing patient safety
  • Identify methodologies for the use of data in designing and measuring a patient safety program
  • Describe the role of process design and process improvement in a patient safety program
  • Discuss methodologies for improved team communication in health care
  • Identify methods for safer practice in health care
This course is intended for Physicians of all specialties, Nurses, and Other Health Care Professionals with appropriate CME credit and nursing contact hours offered for each profession.

The American Board of Quality Assurance and Utilization Review Physicians, Inc. (ABQAURP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

ABQAURP designates this online enduring material for a maximum of 12.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

ABQAURP is an approved provider of continuing education for nurses. This activity is designated for 12.0 contact hours through the Florida Board of Nursing, Provider # 50-94.

This program is approved for Category 2 credit by the American Osteopathic Association.

All participants must achieve a final assessment score of at least seventy percent (70%) for recertification and continuing education credits. You have 60 days to complete the course after ordering. Please note: Exam candidates taking the Core Body of Knowledge and Diplomates renewing their certification may have less time to complete, as determined by deadlines imposed.

This activity is valid from September 13, 2018 through September 12, 2021.

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COURSE FEES: Diplomate $359.00      Professional Member $449.00      Non-Member $539.00

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About The Authors
Members of the CME Committee, Planners, and Faculty have disclosed to ABQAURP any relevant financial relationships. No relevant financial relationships or conflicts of interest exist in regard to the content of this online activity.

Cynosure Health and Kim Werkmeister
Cynosure Health is a non-profit organization that works with diverse stakeholders to accelerate spread, implementation, and sustainable improvement. Although our work spans multiple sectors in topics such as collaborative learning and care management, we specialize in working with providers, health systems, and community-based coalitions on federal and statewide initiatives, regional collaboratives, and local partnerships.

Kim Werkmeister is a nurse leader with over twenty years in healthcare quality and patient safety. She is a national expert in the implementation of patient safety and process improvement strategies in healthcare through participation in numerous national workgroups and patient safety clinical initiatives including Maternal Safety, VTE, ADE, Readmissions and Failure to Rescue. She is currently the Clinical Improvement Educator for a non-profit quality and patient safety organization in California leading the education and training efforts for statewide patient safety initiatives such as reduction of healthcare disparities, patient and family engagement, high reliability and prevention of healthcare associated harm. Ms. Werkmeister also assists individual hospitals, statewide collaboratives and multi-state collaboratives on a variety of other patient safety-related initiatives.

Ms. Werkmeister was formerly a Director of Quality and Patient Safety, for two Southern California hospitals, as well as the Leadership Development Chair on the Board of Directors for the California Association for Healthcare Quality. She holds specialty certifications as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality, a Certified Professional in Patient Safety and a Patient Safety Leadership certification from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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