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About Arthur Levin

Arthur A. Levin, MPH, is the founder and director of the Center for Medical Consumers. He has served on the consensus committee that released the Institute of Medicine’s September 2012 report “Best Care at Lower Cost,” which is both an extensive critique of the U.S. health care system and a broad exploration of the possibilities for change.  He is also a member of the National Quality Forum (NQF) Consensus Standards Approval Committee; co-chair of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, Committee on Performance Measurement (CPM); a board member of the Informed Medical Decisions Foundation;  member of the Citizens Advocacy Center, THINC, a regional health information project in the mid-Hudson Valley, and the New York e Health Collaborative; the public representative on the steering committee of the Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTS); and a member of the Standing Committee on Conflict of Interest, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

From 2003 through May 2007, he served as the consumer representative on the FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee and continues to participate as a consumer expert on these FDA advisory panels by invitation. He is the only consumer member of the New York State Department of Health Healthcare Acquired Infection Reporting Workgroup and wrote the original legislation that mandated public hospital-acquired infection reporting in the state.

From 1998-2000, Levin served on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Quality of Health Care in America, which issued the landmark reports “To Err is Human,” which garnered international attention for its depiction of medical errors as a leading cause of preventable death and injury in the U.S., as well as “Crossing the Quality Chasm Report,” which set the goals for reforming the nation’s health care system.

He has subsequently served on Institute of Medicine committees that have assessed federal government efforts to improve patient safety in the health systems it manages, reported on the performance of the Office of the National Coordinator for Information Technology, and recommended national standards for systematic evidence reviews and clinical guidelines.   In 2009, he was a member of the IOM committee advising the Secretary of Health and Human Services on how to allocate $400 million in stimulus money targeted for comparative effectiveness research. In the past year he has participated in the preparation of an IOM report that looked at the potential for patient harm as a result of the transition from paper to electronic medical records and made recommendations about safety improvement.

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