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! 2016 Forum Slides: Did you miss our 4th Annual Forum? The slides can be downloaded here.
Iowa is the latest state to pass a law that supports a CARe-like approach MACRMI and the CARe program are featured in this article by OB GYN News about the landscape of Disclosure and Apology programs. We're proud to work tirelessly to educate institutions, attorneys and patients on the benefits of being transparent and honest, and we will continue to support others who are interested in adopting this great approach. Read it, here!
Latest Blog Post - New Online Course to Help Clinicians with Disclosure and Apology IPEP and OPENPediatrics have joined forces to offer an extensive online course on disclosure, complete with videos and an interactive seminar (next on one June 29th). Read more about it here.
New to the Resource Library: Video Library You can now access and view our video archives in the the new Video Library! If you are interested in learning more about MACRMI and the CARe approach, you can now watch all of the videos from our annual forums. We have also included other video resources about communication and apology that you may find helpful and interesting. Click here to check it out!
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“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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