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The Foundation of Quality Is Safety
Janice Simmons, Senior Editor
Earlier this week at a forum sponsored by Consumers Union's Safe Patient Project in Washington, DC, Richard Shannon, MD, chair of the department of medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, provided health leaders with some insights on how to move their organizations forward to becoming high-performing facilities that can effectively address patient safety concerns. [Read More]
Nov. 19, 2009
Editor's Picks

Joint Commission, HHS Stress Importance of Healthcare Communication
The Joint Commission and the Department of Health and Human Services last week released a 30-minute series of videos titled Improving Patient Provider Communication. The videos, designed for organizations and healthcare providers, spell out what is required by The Joint Commission and by federal law in terms of effective communication and language access, and how the intent of the law can be met. [Read More]

Quality Forum Releases Health IT Data Framework
The National Quality Forum has released the Quality Data Set, a common technological framework to assist in defining clinical data used in measuring performance and evaluating improvement in patients' quality of care. The QDS framework will provide a standardized set of data that should be captured in patients' electronic health records and is applicable to all care settings a patient is likely to use in his or her lifetime. [Read More]

Chiropractic Care Could Reduce Health Costs, Says Report
Health insurers and employers may see chiropractic services as a nice addition on members' health plans, but a recent study suggests chiropractic care is also a way to reduce health costs and improve the value of health plans. [Read More]

Report Questions Beliefs About Geographic Healthcare Spending
The American Hospital Association released a report that questioned studies that link geographic variation in healthcare spending to skyrocketing health costs. [Read More]

Happy Thanksgiving!
From all of us at HealthLeaders Media, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. QualityLeaders will not publish next week, but will be back December 3.
This Week's Headlines
White House backs off cancer test guidelines
Washington Post – November 19, 2009

Study: Injured uninsured more likely to die in ER
Associated Press/Denver Post – November 17, 2009

Maternity Ad Campaign Gets Patients to Shop for Quality
Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media – November 16, 2009
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From HealthLeaders Magazine
Carving Out a New CEO Model
Responding to heightened scrutiny and reimbursement cuts, healthcare CEOs are becoming increasingly interactive with a growing list of constituents. [Read More]  

Service Line Management
Don't Count on Colonoscopies
New procedural developments and a shifting market are changing how physicians and hospitals work together to deliver digestive health services. [Read More]

Leaders Forum
Utilizing Clinical Integration to Foster Successful Hospital Operations Improvement: Don't use impending healthcare reform and the uncertainties surrounding it as an excuse not to enact necessary clinical integration strategies that will improve operations regardless of how legislative healthcare reform eventually plays out. While considerable uncertainty still exists surrounding the details of healthcare reform, certain consequences of reform are so likely that hospitals need to address them. [Read More]
Audio Feature
Eileen Dohmann, RN, VP of nursing for Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA, explains the difference between responsibility and accountability, and offers strategies for getting staff to make and keep commitments. [Listen Now]
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