Aiming at Improvement

Notes on IHI’s 22nd National Forum

In recent years, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) National Forum—held in Orlando in early December — has become for me as much a harbinger of the holiday season as leftover Thanksgiving turkey, the media’s obsession with Black Friday, and the dark, cold afternoons of early winter in New England. My trip to Orlando this year offered both new and familiar experiences.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Beth Israel Deaconess Physician Organization Sign Alternative Quality Contract

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Inc. (https://www.bluecrossma.com/) (BCBSMA), a locally-based, community-focused health plan, and Beth Israel Deaconess Physician Organization (BIDPO), an independent physician network affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, today announced they have signed a multi-year Alternative Quality Contract (AQC).

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Integrated Quality Measures Improve Patient Safety & Care

Integrated Quality Measures Improve Patient Safety & Care

In 2008, the Piedmont Clinic welcomed a new CEO who has led the clinic leadership in its development and adoption of a clinical integration model that blends clinical and financial integration. As part of this process much discussion revolved around the best way to track and use data to create integration.

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Health IT & Quality

Health IT & Quality

Show Me the Money

The most important lesson in medical care comes from a bank robber who stole more than $2 million and spent more than half his life in jail. Named for Willie Sutton, one of the most prolific bank robbers in history, Sutton’s law grew out of a famous response to a reporter’s question attributed (perhaps falsely) to Sutton.

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