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IHI Report Looks At County to County Variability

IHI ANNOUNCEMENT: “Quality pioneer W. Edwards Deming once remarked, ‘If I could reduce my message…to just a few words, I’d say it all has to do with reducing variation.’ If reducing variation is the path to improved quality, then identifying and understanding variation are surely the first steps. ‘Counties of Interest: Achieving Better- or Worse-Than-Expected […]

Don Berwick On Quality and Safety

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Less is More but Zero is Best When it Comes to Preventable Injuries

Judy Salerno It’s been about 12 years since the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its landmark report To Err is Human, shining a light on how commonly medical errors occur in our health care system. The report concluded that as many as 98,000 people die in hospitals each year as a result of such errors. […]

National Healthcare Decisions Day Set for April 16, 2011

Join Americans across the country in making their future healthcare decisions known to family, friends, and healthcare providers.   Share your wishes and complete your advance directive, because…YOUR DECISIONS MATTER.  Learn more about National Healthcare Decisions Day and get free information at www.nationalhealthcaredecisionsday.org

Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s) and A Revisit To “Managed Care”

Mike Magee Health Policy expert John Iglehart recently wrote, “One of the few major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with solid bipartisan support establishes a new delivery model: the accountable care organization (ACO). Congress directed the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to develop an ACO program to improve the quality of […]

Waiting and Innovating For 21st Century

Eric Dishman I rushed home in crazy, foggy traffic Tuesday evening to see the President’s State of the Union address. I had left work hours earlier to head to a doctor’s appointment that had taken me four months of delay to get. I showed up fifteen minutes early, knowing that I would have to do the […]

Health Professional Collaboration Inside and Outside The Hospital

Mike Magee Ten days ago, my wife and I were blessed with the arrival of our 8th and 9th grandchildren – two little girls, Charlotte and Luca. We were also introduced for the first time, as health consumers, to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The girls came early, at 34 weeks, and are working […]

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