As of January, under provisions in the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003, pharmacists are authorized to provide medication therapy management (MTM) services to Medicare patients.
Monday, November 29, 2005, was no ordinary day at Saint Petersburg Catholic High School. In fact, the day became extraordinary only 10 minutes into the first period.
According to a report released in 2005 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), less than one third of the nation’s hospital emergency and outpatient departments use electronic medical records.
The premise of a value-based healthcare system is simple: Get people healthy and keep them that way. Unfortunately, ample documentation of the shortcomings in healthcare quality in this regard exists.
Though more than 50 million people use the Internet to access health information (Fox & Rainie, 2000), lack of quality control and ease of posting allow Web-based healthcare to pose a potential for harm.
For many, each morning at the 17th Annual National Forum of the Institute for Health Improvement (IHI) in December began with a few tears.
Ensuring consistency of care and patient safety can be especially challenging in obstetrics — a complex specialty with unpredictable patient loads and nursing shortages.
In 2005, Illinois became the first state to adopt an innovative disclosure program known as Sorry Works! Incorporated into a larger medical liability reform bill (Ill. Gen. Ass. Pub. Act 094-0677, 2005). Sorry Works! is a pilot project that supports provider organizations that agree to implement and study the impact of full disclosure of medical errors.
The healthcare industry is facing a multitude of challenges. An aging population, clinical staff shortages, ongoing medical advancements, increased consumer demand for information, and a growing number of people living with chronic diseases are causing healthcare stakeholders to re-evaluate the way they view healthcare.
In response to an overwhelming community need, Staten Island University Hospital in New York decided to develop a “breast center” approach to the provision of breast health services. Quality improvement is a core element of the hospital’s mission and is integrated into our planning process, so outcome measures were an integral part of this initiative.