December 1, 2017
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Antibiotic Stewardship Requires Hospitalwide Commitment
An effective antibiotic stewardship program requires significant commitment from top executive levels down to the bedside.
CDC Offers Extensive Resources on Antibiotic Stewardship
The federal CDC in Atlanta offers a set of key principles to guide efforts to improve antibiotic use and, therefore, advance patient safety and improve outcomes.
Antibiotic Timeouts Boost Clinicians’ Confidence
An antibiotic timeout program can improve provider confidence in making decisions to de-escalate antimicrobial therapy in ambiguous circumstances, according to recent research.
Improve ED Quality and Efficiency by Looking Outside the ED
Fixing ED issues requires looking beyond the confines of the ED.
ACOs Yield Quality Lessons for Hospitals, May Expand
Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) have yielded valuable lessons about value-based care and positioned some hospitals to be competitive in the future, with the most recent results showing participants improving quality and reaping financial rewards.
Hospitals Improve Sharply in Leapfrog Group Safety Grades
Hospitals in some states continue to show dramatic improvements in the Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, with Rhode Island achieving first place after being 50th in 2012.
Healthgrades Analysis Shows Quality, Safety Link
Thousands of lives could be saved every year if all hospitals performed at a similar level to those rated as five-star facilities, according to a new Healthgrades 2018 analysis of top hospitals.