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McGiffert talks about progress on patient safety, offers story ideas

Lisa McGiffert led Consumer Reports’ Safe Patient Project for 15 years, and after 27 years with the advocacy arm of the organization, she retired last year. But she has not taken off her patient advocacy hat. Not by a long shot. She’s recently co-founded a nonprofit coalition called the Patient Safety Action Network (PSAN), to continue her work.

She spent several hours talking with Cheryl Clark about the trajectory of patient safety as an issue over time, from working on health reform during the Clinton administration to today’s pushback on patient protection progress made with the Affordable Care Act. Despite major gains in awareness and prevention policies and practices, there’s still a lot more to be done. She explains, with lots of tips for story topics she hopes we will write.

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