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Healthcare Benchmarks and Quality Improvement Archives – November 1, 2009

November 1, 2009

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  • Communication, vaccinations are among key H1N1 quality concerns

    The good news if you can call it that about H1N1 is that it gave us a "sneak peak" this past spring and summer at what it is and how it works, hopefully making it easier to prepare for another, potentially more serious outbreak during this flu season.
  • APIC, ASHES offer tips for patients

    Quality managers and other professionals seeking to deal with potential disease outbreaks know that patient education and cooperation are critical elements in keeping things under control and ensuring optimal patient and staff safety.
  • Is an outcomes-based approach the best?

    An ongoing study of nearly 200 hospitals in a collaborative sponsored by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) appears to make a strong argument for outcomes-based QI programs such as the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), described in an article published in the September issue of the Annals of Surgery.
  • Health plan, physicians collaborate, improve care

    A unique partnership between a health plan and a physician practice is helping patients with diabetes get the care and resources they need to manage their disease.
  • TJC urges CEOs to lead the fight against MDROs

    The Joint Commission is calling on health care administrators to take the lead in preventing infections with multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs), reminding them that current patient safety goals require CEOs to take responsibility for implementing programs to prevent these deadly and costly outcomes.
  • Screening may provide only modest benefits

    New research suggests that universal intimate partner violence (IPV) screening in health care settings does not result in significant changes in subsequent reports of IPV or quality of life, according to a study in the Aug. 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • News Briefs: AHRQ publishes Spanish language guide

    Spanish speakers who want to know how soon they can expect to feel better when taking an anti-depressant, which rheumatoid arthritis drugs work best against pain, or how surgery compares with other options for prostate cancer can get this and other treatment information through new Spanish language consumer guides released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).