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Barraza speaks at American College of Surgeons event


December 12, 2013

Leila Barraza, deputy director for the Network for Public Health Law - Western Region, recently spoke at an American College of Surgeons conference in Phoenix.

The conference, “ACS Surgical Health Care Quality Forum Arizona,” was the 14th program in a series of events to drive national discussions on effective quality improvement methods that surgeons, physicians and hospitals are using to improve patient safety and reduce costs.

Barraza spoke as part of a panel, along with several other experts in health care and law, to discuss the implementation and utilization of quality improvement programs to increase the value of health care.

“Clinical excellence and quality improvement programs not only result in improved patient outcomes, but are essential for health systems and hospitals today,” she said. “These efforts result in a reduction in waste, patient-care complications, liability exposure and unsatisfied patients – all positively impacting a hospital’s economic survival.”

To read an article on the conference, click here.

Barraza is a fellow for the College of Law’s Public Health Law & Policy Program. She was previously a scholar in the College of Law’s Center for Law, Science & Innovation, and a research assistant, conducting legal research on autism and vaccine-related litigation.