Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has appointed Dr. Kathleen Carey, professor of health law, policy & management at the Boston University School of Public Health, to the Massachusetts Public Health Council. Dr. Carey, who assumed her role in September, will serve a six-year term representing the Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors.
The Public Health Council creates rules and regulations, holds public hearings, considers appeals, and approves Determination of Need applications from healthcare facilities on a range of projects and initiatives. Dr. Carey joins 13 other members representing organizations in healthcare, nonprofit, and education throughout the Commonwealth.
As a health economist, Dr. Carey has conducted extensive research on the economics of the US healthcare system and health policy, with a focus on patient safety and efficient delivery of quality hospital care. The coalition that she represents on the council is a public-private partnership that convenes state agencies, hospitals, consumer organizations, and more to identify the causes and economic impact of medical errors and hospital-acquired infections, and share best practices on improving patient safety.
“I hope to contribute to continual promotion of the health of Massachusetts residents by bringing economic insight and research experience in patient safety to regulatory decisions in the Commonwealth,” says Dr. Carey, who has published several papers that address the cost and quality of hospital care — particularly the economic impact of inpatient care involving medical errors.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on December 13