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American College of Physicians

The mission of the American College of Physicians (ACP) is to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. ACP membership includes over 118,000 physicians in general internal medicine and related subspecialties, including cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, endocrinology, hematology, rheumatology, neurology, pulmonary disease, oncology, infectious diseases, allergy and immunology, and geriatrics.

Review Date: August 23, 2010

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American Rhinologic Society

The American Rhinologic Society’s mission is to serve, represent and advance the science and the ethical practice of rhinology. The Society promotes excellence in patient care, research and education in Rhinology and Skull Base Disorders. The American Rhinologic Society is dedicated to providing communication and fellowship to the members of the Rhinologic Community through on-going medical education, patient advocacy, and social programs. The ARS continuing medical education activities serve to enhance clinical skills and promote research.

Review Date: January 07, 2009

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American Thoracic Society

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) was founded in 1905 as an international, professional and scientific society which focuses on respiratory and critical care medicine. Today, the Society has approximately 12,500 members who help prevent and fight respiratory diseases through research, education, patient care and advocacy. The Society's long range goal is to decrease morbidity and mortality from respiratory disorders and life threatening acute illnesses.

Review Date: March 28, 2011

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Children's Angel Flight

This agency manages and coordinates no-cost charitable child transport patient programs on behalf of children who need access to medical research centers and disease-specific treatment programs. Some medical institutions and programs being served by CAF include: University of Florida, Clinical Research Center; Eastern Virginia Medical School; Palestine Children's Relief Fund; National Institutes of Health; American Academy of Dermatology; University of Texas Medical School; St. Lukes Hospital (St. Louis, MO); Baylor College of Medicine; and Adoption Exchange Association. CAF helps sponsor National Patient Transport Helpline (NPATH)--1-800-296-1217-- a referral service for child patients on charitable long-distance air medical transport options.

Review Date: February 12, 2009

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Hospice Patients Alliance, Inc.

Hospice Patients Alliance, Inc. (HPA) was formed by hospice staff and other health care professionals to promote quality hospice services for all patients, whether enrolled in a licensed hospice, residing at home or in a facility. HPA provides information about hospice services, directly assists patients, families and caregivers in resolving difficulties with hospice services, and promotes better quality hospice care throughout the United States.

Review Date: March 13, 2013

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Institute for Family-Centered Care

The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care advances the understanding and practice of patient- and family-centered care. In partnership with patients, families, and health care professionals, the Institute seeks to integrate these concepts into all aspects of health care. The Institute accomplishes its mission through education, consultation, and technical assistance; materials development and information dissemination; research; and strategic partnerships. The Institute for Patient- and Family-Centered Care is a non-profit organization founded in 1992.

Review Date: May 27, 2011

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Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a not-for-profit organization leading the improvement of health care throughout the world. Founded in 1991 and based in Boston, MA, IHI is a catalyst for change, cultivating innovative concepts for improving patient care and implementing programs for putting those ideas into action. Thousands of health care providers participate in IHI's groundbreaking work.

Review Date: December 04, 2008

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Institute for Safe Medication Practices

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP), based in suburban Philadelphia, is the nation’s only 501c (3) nonprofit organization devoted entirely to medication error prevention and safe medication use. ISMP represents over 35 years of experience in helping healthcare practitioners keep patients safe, and continues to lead efforts to improve the medication use process. To advance patient safety worldwide by empowering the healthcare community, including consumers, to prevent medication errors. The organization's mission is to advance patient safety worldwide by empowering the healthcare community, including consumers, to prevent medication errors. They accomplish this through their interdisciplinary efforts to: •Collect and analyze reports of medication-related hazardous conditions, near-misses, errors, and other adverse drug events. •Disseminate timely medication safety information, risk-reduction tools, and error-prevention strategies. •Educate the healthcare community and consumers about safe medication practices. •Collaborate with other patient safety organizations, educational institutions, governmental agencies and other healthcare stakeholders. •Advocate the adoption of safe medication standards by accrediting bodies, manufacturers, policy makers, regulatory agencies, and standards-setting organizations. •Conduct research to provide evidence-based safe medication practices.

Review Date: January 27, 2012

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National Patient Safety Foundation

The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is a nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to improving patient safety and reducing medical errors in the delivery of health care. The Foundation is comprised of health care practitioners, institutional providers, health product providers, health product manufacturers, researchers, legal advisors, patient/consumer advocates, regulators, and policy makers who are committed to making health care safer for patients.

Review Date: October 14, 2009

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