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Making Sense of How Better Quality Can Be Achieved with Less Money
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
A recent study questioned whether there was an association between hospital quality and intensity of spending. Well, to break the suspense, the answer is yes—there is a connection: spending more money doesn't necessarily translate into better quality care. However, this is one issue that shouldn't be simplified too much as some reports of this study have done. [Read More]
June 4, 2009
Editor's Picks

Hospital Uses EMR to Improve Handoff Process and Create Electronic 'Hall Pass'
In late 2007, staff members at Abington (PA) Memorial Hospital knew their handoff process could use some work. Their process, like that of many other hospitals, used a paper form to communicate important patient information from one provider to the next. However, the form would often be filled out improperly, labels would be missing, and ultimately, the receiver might not be aware of everything he or she needed to know about a patient, putting the patient at risk for an error in care. [Read More]

Penn Health System Uses eICU to Lower VAP Rates
Ventilator associated pneumonia has been a constant headache for hospitals around the country, and on the list of IHI interventions since the inception of the 100,000 Lives Campaign in 2006. It is one of the most acquired conditions by intensive care unit patients on ventilators and its presence exacerbates existing conditions, as well as adds costly days spent in the ICU. [Read More]

NCQA Expands Children's Prevention Measures
Up until now, much of the quality data collected by health plans on children nationwide focused on measures that indicated if care was received—for instance, were immunizations up to date or had well child visits been completed. Changes may be afoot, though, as the National Committee for Quality Assurance, working with The Commonwealth Fund, looks to get a broader view of well child care with expanded quality measures. [Read More]

Patient Safety Missing from Health Reform Discussion
Nearly 10 years ago, the Institute of Medicine released its report To Err Is Human: Building a Safer Health System, which put a spotlight on problems surrounding patient safety. Recently, a panel of providers and policymakers who initially experienced firsthand the impact of that report—which estimated that upward of 98,000 people died each year in hospitals due to medical errors—had a chance to reflect how the report exceeded or fell short of expectations during the intervening years. [Read More]
This Week's Headlines
July 1 Scoring Changes Mainly Affect Joint Commission Safety Standards
Scott Wallask, for HealthLeaders Media - June 4, 2009

Use Simulation Training to Boost Safety Culture
Tami Swartz, for HealthLeaders Media - June 4, 2008

Doctors warn on patients' falls
Boston Globe - June 4, 2009

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