Massachusetts Alliance for Communication
and Resolution following Medical Injury
MACRMI is a Massachusetts alliance of patient advocacy groups, teaching hospitals and their insurers, and statewide provider organizations committed to transparent communication, sincere apologies and fair compensation in cases of avoidable medical harm. We call this approach Communication, Apology, and Resolution (CARe) and we believe it is the right thing to do. It supports learning and improvement and leads to greater patient safety.
This site is a central resource for information on the CARe approach and the health care institutions implementing it. Here you will find answers to many of your questions regarding medical injury; resources and support for patients, families and clinicians; education and training resources for health care providers; sample guidelines and policies; research and articles; and ways to connect with each other. By sharing what we learn from medical errors and near misses, we are enhancing patient safety together and improving our health care system. Thank you for participating.
New Blog Entry: MACRMI representatives will be at IHI this week: MACRMI at IHI.
MACRMI's first Newsletter is available now! Click here to read it.
Missed the First Annual Forum and want to know more about it? An article in Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare's May/June Issue reports on the event. Find it here.
Request a speaker to present the CARe approach to your organization.
MACRMI in the News! MACRMI and the CARe approach continue to get more and more positive press. This month in Vital Signs, Erica Noonan writes about CARe's progress in the last year in CARe Approach Continues to Gain Ground. Also, MACRMI's own Allen Kachalia has published a very thoughtful article in the Perspectives column of the New England Journal of Medicine, Improving Patient Safety through Transparency, that's a great read. Check them out!
MACRMI's 1st Annual CARe Forum Materials: Thanks to all who attended our First Annual Forum! We have the following materials available:
“Massachusetts hospitals are committed to always improving the quality and safety of the care they provide to patients. Aside from being fair to caregivers and patients, MACRMI's communication, apology, and resolution initiative will help advance this fundamental quality-improvement agenda by fostering open discussion among clinicians about the causes of adverse outcomes and the steps that need to be taken to avoid them in the future.”
Massachusetts Hospital Association
"CARe recognizes a universal truth: we are all in this grand effort of patient care together. And only by honoring that truth will we break down the barriers to make tomorrow’s patient care safer for our patients and all those committed to their care."
Richard C. Boothman, Executive Director of Clinical Safety, University of Michigan Health Services
"Our work at the Coalition has highlighted the value of the CARe model in preserving healing relationships between patients and their clinicians after an adverse event. We have also seen the potential for deep learning from adverse events as a consequence of the change in the organizational culture related to those events. This can significantly accelerate the pace of improvements in patient safety."
Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors
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