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.
Six of the nation’s leading health care systems today announced a first-of-its-kind collaboration to improve health care quality while reducing costs.
Physician practices are leaving money on the table because they don’t realize how easy it is to qualify for PQRI financial incentives, which are at their highest level.
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).
PULSE: Cleveland Clinic Team Develops New Quality Index for Hospitals
In a major paper published in the journal Anesthesiology, a Cleveland Clinic-led research team announced the development of a new publicly available tool to help patients, regulators, and hospitals compare patient outcomes and quality.
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.
In 3rd annual conference, American College of Radiology focused on safety, utilization, process improvement, and physician outcomes.
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.