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profileAllen Kachalia, M.D., J.D.

TitleAssociate Professor of Medicine
InstitutionBrigham and Women's Hospital
DepartmentMedicine
AddressBrigham and Women's Hospital
General Medicine -PB6/Administration
75 Francis St
Boston MA 02115
Phone617/525-7277
Fax617/738-6732
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  1. Schaffer AC, Jena AB, Seabury SA, Singh H, Chalasani V, Kachalia A. Rates and Characteristics of Paid Malpractice Claims Among US Physicians by Specialty, 1992-2014. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 May 01; 177(5):710-718. PMID: 28346582.
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  2. Mello MM, Kachalia A, Studdert DM. Medical Liability - Prospects for Federal Reform. N Engl J Med. 2017 Mar 29. PMID: 28402244.
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  3. Kachalia A, Mello MM, Studdert DM. Association of Unsolicited Patient Observations With the Quality of a Surgeon's Care. JAMA Surg. 2017 Feb 15. PMID: 28199449.
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  4. Holliday AM, Kachalia A, Meyer GS, Sequist TD. Physician and Patient Views on Public Physician Rating Websites: A Cross-Sectional Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Feb 01. PMID: 28150098.
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  5. Kachalia A. Annals for Hospitalists Inpatient Notes - Mistakes in the Hospital-Communicating, Apologizing, and Beyond. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Dec 20; 165(12):HO2-HO3. PMID: 27992915.
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  6. Najjar PA, Madenci AL, Zogg CK, Schneider EB, Dankers CA, Pimentel MT, Chabria AS, Goldberg JE, Sharma G, Piazza G, Bleday R, Orgill DP, Kachalia A. Implementation of a Comprehensive Post-Discharge Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis Program for Abdominal and Pelvic Surgery Patients. J Am Coll Surg. 2016 Dec; 223(6):804-813. PMID: 27693288.
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  7. Keogh C, Kachalia A, Fiumara K, Goulart D, Coblyn J, Desai SP. Ambulatory Medication Reconciliation: Using a Collaborative Approach to Process Improvement at an Academic Medical Center. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2016 Apr; 42(4):186-94. PMID: 27025579.
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  8. Gupta K, Wachter RM, Kachalia A. Financial incentives and mortality: taking pay for performance a step too far. BMJ Qual Saf. 2017 Feb; 26(2):164-168. PMID: 26893513.
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  9. Kachalia A, Mello MM, Nallamothu BK, Studdert DM. Legal and Policy Interventions to Improve Patient Safety. Circulation. 2016 Feb 16; 133(7):661-71. PMID: 26884621.
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  10. Leaf DE, Srivastava A, Zeng X, McMahon GM, Croy HE, Mendu ML, Kachalia A, Waikar SS. Excessive diagnostic testing in acute kidney injury. BMC Nephrol. 2016 Jan 15; 17:9. PMID: 26772980; PMCID: PMC4714492.
  11. Liao JM, Co JP, Kachalia A. Providing Educational Content and Context for Training the Next Generation of Physicians in Quality Improvement. Acad Med. 2015 Sep; 90(9):1241-5. PMID: 26312604.
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  12. Sutherland T, Beloff J, McGrath C, Liu X, Pimentel MT, Kachalia A, Bates D, Urman RD. A Single-Center Multidisciplinary Initiative to Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Rates: Quality and Financial Implications. Health Care Manag (Frederick). 2015 Jul-Sep; 34(3):218-24. PMID: 26217997.
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  13. Sutherland T, Beloff J, Lightowler M, Liu X, Kachalia A, Bates DW, Urman RD. Implementation of Measures to Improve SCIP Perioperative Beta-Blocker Compliance: Quality and Financial Implications. Health Care Manag (Frederick). 2015 Jul-Sep; 34(3):192-8. PMID: 26217993.
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  14. Najjar P, Kachalia A, Sutherland T, Beloff J, David-Kasdan JA, Bates DW, Urman RD. A multidisciplinary three-phase approach to improve the clinical utility of patient safety indicators. Qual Manag Health Care. 2015 Apr-Jun; 24(2):62-8. PMID: 25830613.
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  15. Mello MM, Studdert DM, Kachalia A. Medical liability and reporting malpractice payments--reply. JAMA. 2015 Mar 10; 313(10):1058-9. PMID: 25756448.
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  16. Kachalia A, Berg A, Fagerlin A, Fowler KE, Hofer TP, Flanders SA, Saint S. Overuse of testing in preoperative evaluation and syncope: a survey of hospitalists. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Jan 20; 162(2):100-8. PMID: 25599349.
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  17. Mello MM, Studdert DM, Kachalia A. The medical liability climate and prospects for reform. JAMA. 2014 Nov 26; 312(20):2146-55. PMID: 25358122.
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  18. Schaffer AC, Puopolo AL, Raman S, Kachalia A. Liability impact of the hospitalist model of care. J Hosp Med. 2014 Dec; 9(12):750-5. PMID: 25331989.
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  19. Provenzano A, Rohan S, Trevejo E, Burdick E, Lipsitz S, Kachalia A. Evaluating inpatient mortality: a new electronic review process that gathers information from front-line providers. BMJ Qual Saf. 2015 Jan; 24(1):31-7. PMID: 25332203.
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  20. Gandhi TK, Abookire SA, Kachalia A, Sands K, Mort E, Bommarito G, Gagne J, Sato L, Weingart SN. Design and Implementation of the Harvard Fellowship in Patient Safety and Quality. Am J Med Qual. 2016 Jan-Feb; 31(1):22-6. PMID: 25184234.
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  21. Abookire SA, Gandhi TK, Kachalia A, Sands K, Mort E, Bommarito G, Gagne J, Sato L, Weingart SN. Creating a Fellowship Curriculum in Patient Safety and Quality. Am J Med Qual. 2016 Jan-Feb; 31(1):27-30. PMID: 25184235.
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  22. Kachalia A, Bates DW. Disclosing medical errors: the view from the USA. Surgeon. 2014 Apr; 12(2):64-7. PMID: 24461211.
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  23. Kachalia A, Little A, Isavoran M, Crider LM, Smith J. Greatest impact of safe harbor rule may be to improve patient safety, not reduce liability claims paid by physicians. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Jan; 33(1):59-66. PMID: 24395936.
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  24. Kadehjian EK, Schneider L, Greenberg JO, Dudley J, Kachalia A. Challenges to implementing expanded team models: lessons from a centralised nurse-led cholesterol-lowering programme. BMJ Qual Saf. 2014 Apr; 23(4):338-45. PMID: 24259717.
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  25. Kachalia A. Improving patient safety through transparency. N Engl J Med. 2013 Oct 31; 369(18):1677-9. PMID: 24171515.
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  26. Kachalia A, Mello MM. Breast cancer screening: conflicting guidelines and medicolegal risk. JAMA. 2013 Jun 26; 309(24):2555-6. PMID: 23722969.
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  27. Kachalia A, Mello MM. Defensive medicine--legally necessary but ethically wrong?: Inpatient stress testing for chest pain in low-risk patients. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Jun 24; 173(12):1056-7. PMID: 23689540.
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  28. Ong C, Kachalia A. Safe harbors: liability reform for patients and physicians. Bull Am Coll Surg. 2013 Mar; 98(3):41-4. PMID: 23540147.
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  29. Greenberg JO, Vakharia N, Szent-Gyorgyi LE, Desai SP, Turchin A, Forman J, Bonventre JV, Kachalia A. Meaningful measurement: developing a measurement system to improve blood pressure control in patients with chronic kidney disease. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2013 Jun; 20(e1):e97-e101. PMID: 23345408; PMCID: PMC3715343.
  30. Desai SP, Lu B, Szent-Gyorgyi LE, Bogdanova AA, Turchin A, Weinblatt M, Coblyn J, Greenberg JO, Kachalia A, Solomon DH. Increasing pneumococcal vaccination for immunosuppressed patients: a cluster quality improvement trial. Arthritis Rheum. 2013 Jan; 65(1):39-47. PMID: 23044506.
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  31. Poon EG, Kachalia A, Puopolo AL, Gandhi TK, Studdert DM. Cognitive errors and logistical breakdowns contributing to missed and delayed diagnoses of breast and colorectal cancers: a process analysis of closed malpractice claims. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 Nov; 27(11):1416-23. PMID: 22610909; PMCID: PMC3475819.
  32. Choudhry NK, Saya UY, Shrank WH, Greenberg JO, Melia C, Bilodeau A, Kadehjian EK, Dolan ML, Dudley JC, Kachalia A. Cost-related medication underuse: prevalence among hospitalized managed care patients. J Hosp Med. 2012 Feb; 7(2):104-9. PMID: 21972200.
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  33. Abbett SK, Bates DW, Kachalia A. The meaningful use regulations in information technology: what do they mean for quality improvement in hospitals? Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2011 Jul; 37(7):333-6, 289. PMID: 21819032.
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  34. Mello MM, Kachalia A, Studdert DM. Administrative compensation for medical injuries: lessons from three foreign systems. Issue Brief (Commonw Fund). 2011 Jul; 14:1-18. PMID: 21770079.
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  35. Kachalia A, Mello MM. New directions in medical liability reform. N Engl J Med. 2011 Apr 21; 364(16):1564-72. PMID: 21506746.
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  36. Mello MM, Kachalia A, Goodell S. Medical malpractice - april 2011 update. Synth Proj Res Synth Rep. 2011 Apr; (21 Suppl 1). PMID: 22052245.
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  37. Szent-Gyorgyi LE, Coblyn J, Turchin A, Loscalzo J, Kachalia A. Building a departmental quality program: a patient-based and provider-led approach. Acad Med. 2011 Mar; 86(3):314-20. PMID: 21248609.
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  38. Desai SP, Turchin A, Szent-Gyorgyi LE, Weinblatt M, Coblyn J, Solomon DH, Kachalia A. Routinely measuring and reporting pneumococcal vaccination among immunosuppressed rheumatology outpatients: the first step in improving quality. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2011 Feb; 50(2):366-72. PMID: 20974614; PMCID: PMC3021950.
  39. Kachalia A, Kaufman SR, Boothman R, Anderson S, Welch K, Saint S, Rogers MA. Liability claims and costs before and after implementation of a medical error disclosure program. Ann Intern Med. 2010 Aug 17; 153(4):213-21. PMID: 20713789.
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  40. Poon EG, Keohane CA, Yoon CS, Ditmore M, Bane A, Levtzion-Korach O, Moniz T, Rothschild JM, Kachalia AB, Hayes J, Churchill WW, Lipsitz S, Whittemore AD, Bates DW, Gandhi TK. Effect of bar-code technology on the safety of medication administration. N Engl J Med. 2010 May 06; 362(18):1698-707. PMID: 20445181.
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  41. Gandara E, Moniz TT, Dolan ML, Melia C, Dudley J, Smith A, Kachalia A. Improving adherence to treatment guidelines: a blueprint. Crit Pathw Cardiol. 2009 Dec; 8(4):139-45. PMID: 19952547.
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  42. Barringer P, Kachalia A. Error reporting and injury compensation: advancing patient safety through a state patient safety organization. Wyoming Law Review. 2008; (in press).
  43. Roy CL, Kachalia A, Woolf S, Burdick E, Karson A, Gandhi TK. Hospital readmissions: physician awareness and communication practices. J Gen Intern Med. 2009 Mar; 24(3):374-80. PMID: 18982395; PMCID: PMC2642583.
  44. Barringer PJ, Studdert DM, Kachalia AB, Mello MM. Administrative compensation of medical injuries: a hardy perennial blooms again. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2008 Aug; 33(4):725-60. PMID: 18617673.
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  45. Schiff G, Kachalia A. Ensuring reliable follow-up of critical test results in the ED setting. Croskerry P, Cosby K, Schenkel S, Wears, RL, eds. Patient Safety in Emergency Medicine (in press). 2008.
  46. Kachalia AB, Mello MM, Brennan TA, Studdert DM. Beyond negligence: avoidability and medical injury compensation. Soc Sci Med. 2008 Jan; 66(2):387-402. PMID: 17931762.
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  47. Kachalia, A and Gandhi, TK. Patient safety: preventing and responding to adverse events. McKean S, Bennett A, Halasyamani L, eds. Hospital Medicine: Just the Facts (in press) . 2007.
  48. Kachalia A. Structural accountability: The use of accreditation and regulation to advance patient safety. Jha AK, Larizgoitia I, Bates BW, eds. Current International Issues in Patient Safety (in press). 2007; (in press).
  49. Gandhi TK, Kachalia A, Thomas EJ, Puopolo AL, Yoon C, Brennan TA, Studdert DM. Missed and delayed diagnoses in the ambulatory setting: a study of closed malpractice claims. Ann Intern Med. 2006 Oct 03; 145(7):488-96. PMID: 17015866.
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  50. Kachalia A, Gandhi TK, Puopolo AL, Yoon C, Thomas EJ, Griffey R, Brennan TA, Studdert DM. Missed and delayed diagnoses in the emergency department: a study of closed malpractice claims from 4 liability insurers. Ann Emerg Med. 2007 Feb; 49(2):196-205. PMID: 16997424.
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  51. Mello MM, Studdert DM, Kachalia A, Brennan TA. “Health courts” and accountability for patient safety. Milbank Q. 2006; 83(3):459-92.
  52. Studdert DM, Mello MM, Gawande AA, Gandhi TK, Kachalia A, Yoon C, Puopolo AL, Brennan TA. Claims, errors, and compensation payments in medical malpractice litigation. N Engl J Med. 2006 May 11; 354(19):2024-33. PMID: 16687715.
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  53. Kachalia A, Johnson JK, Miller S, Brennan T. The incorporation of patient safety into board certification examinations. Acad Med. 2006 Apr; 81(4):317-25. PMID: 16565180.
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  54. Schnipper JL, Kirwin JL, Cotugno MC, Wahlstrom SA, Brown BA, Tarvin E, Kachalia A, Horng M, Roy CL, McKean SC, Bates DW. Role of pharmacist counseling in preventing adverse drug events after hospitalization. Arch Intern Med. 2006 Mar 13; 166(5):565-71. PMID: 16534045.
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  55. Kachalia A . Risk management. In: Pistoria M, Amin A, Dressler D, McKean S, Budnitz T, eds. Core competencies in hospital medicine. J Hosp Med. 2006; 1 (supplement 1):93.
  56. Kachalia A, Melia C, Dolan ML, Moffat M, Hogan J, Mass L, Schwab B, McLoughlin K, Smith A (Authors not listed in publication). Educational brochure and booklet for patients enrolled in Brigham and Women's Hospital/Brigham and Women's Physicians Organization high risk patient program. 2006.
  57. Mello MM, Studdert DM, Kachalia AB, Brennan TA. "Health courts" and accountability for patient safety. Milbank Q. 2006; 84(3):459-92. PMID: 16953807; PMCID: PMC2690251.
  58. Piotrowski MM, Bessette RL, Chensue S, Cutler D, Kachalia A, Roseborough JW, Saint S, Underwood W, Murphy HS. Learning to improve safety: false-positive pathology report results in wrongful surgery. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2005 Mar; 31(3):123-31. PMID: 15828595.
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  59. Kachalia A, Choudhry NK, Studdert DM. Physician responses to the malpractice crisis: from defense to offense. J Law Med Ethics. 2005; 33(3):416-28. PMID: 16240726.
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  60. Kachalia A, Studdert DM. Professional liability issues in graduate medical education. JAMA. 2004 Sep 01; 292(9):1051-6. PMID: 15339896.
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  61. Kachalia A, Shojania KG, Hofer TP, Piotrowski M, Saint S. Does full disclosure of medical errors affect malpractice liability? The jury is still out. Jt Comm J Qual Saf. 2003 Oct; 29(10):503-11. PMID: 14567259.
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