• How A Robust Never Events Policy Can Alter Your Facility’s Culture

    Think fast: Does your hospital have a “never events” policy? Does it include apologizing to the patients that were harmed and waiving their costs? Does it include a risk assessment?

    If you answered “no” to any of those questions, you are one of the 20% of hospitals across the country that don’t have an adequate never events policy.

  • Debate on Effects of Social Determinants on Hospital Readmissions Continues

    A report finding no connection between socio-economic status and readmissions rates is being faulted for its lack of granularity by advocates for safety net hospitals.

  • Culture Building Tops List of Must-Have Leadership Skills

    Cultivating a culture, communicating, and building a team are the most important leadership skills for facing the demands of an evolving healthcare landscape. So say the nearly 500 executives, clinical leaders, and clinicians who responded to the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council’s recent leadership survey.

  • Joint Commission and CDC Team Up on Ambulatory Infection Prevention

    The Joint Commission and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are working on a new initiative to improve infection control in ambulatory care settings. The Adaptation and Dissemination Outpatient Infection PrevenTion (ADOPT) project will promote existing CDC infection prevention (IP) guidance while also making updated and alterations.

  • The Six C’s of CAUTI Prevention

    Staff-driven bundles, judicious culturing lead to huge CAUTI decreases. As hospitals prepare for more rigorous Joint Commission standard, Mayo Clinic shows how regimented approach can reduce rates by as much as 70%. In early 2014, the medical intensive care unit at the Mayo Clinic Hospital contributed 25% of the facility’s catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). … Continued