Just imagine what if there was no JCAHO? No AHCA? No regulation of any hospitals, nursing homes, or clinics?
Yeah, we gripe about the paperwork mess that we get bogged down in. But believe me, I worked in facilities before rules and regs, before JCAHO, and I can tell you, it was not pretty, the things I saw that were done to cut costs.
So OK, they've maybe gone too deep with the paperwork but it IS safer for the patients, by and large.
To me, patient safety would have to do with things like, keeping falls to a minimum, working with pharmacy and nursing to protect patients from med errors, and even something as simple as transporting a tele patient with or without a nurse and/or a monitor.
I would be looking at ways to streamline processes that would create a safer environment for patients, visitors, and staff.
Since you have a very difficult person heading up the committee, I'd shut up and nod and smile a lot, because JCAHO regs will largely dictate what gets done. This person does not sound like an innovator and also sounds overwhelmed, way over his head, and will probably not take risks. Sounds like he'd prefer to second-guess than to truly lead.
A lotta that going around nowadays, and it's a shame. But all facilities want people who are going to shut up and save money.
In the meantime, you can gain experience with this process. Parts of it will seem senseless, and other parts will seem wise. Approach it as a learning experience and you'll be OK.