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October 1, 2007

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  • Award winner involves entire staff in quality improvement initiatives

    Quality managers know that it's hard enough to get nurses and physicians to buy in to their initiatives, but at Columbus (IN) Regional Hospital, even non-clinical staff members are expected to make quality improvement one of their primary goals.
  • Aortic dissection patients may have new hope

    Survivors of aortic dissection may improve their odds of long-term survival with more aggressive follow-up care and more targeted discharge instructions, based on the findings of a new study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
  • Premier launches new hospital QI collaborative

    Following closely on the heels of its successful Hospital Quality Incentive Demonstration (HQID) project with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Premier Inc. is launching Quest (quality, efficiency, and safety, with transparency), a voluntary three-year program that will reward hospitals that achieve certain quality and efficiency measures and help them share best practices.
  • Collaboration accelerates safety improvements

    The Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety (ICPS), established in 2003, has made significant strides in a number of areas through collaborative initiatives, say its leaders. Among its successes to date are:
  • Palliative care program stresses teamwork

    What makes an award-winning palliative care program? In the case of the program at the University of California at San Francisco, it's the combination of a collaborative approach to individualized patient care; extensive use of hospitalists; and a program that educates practicing physicians and medical, nursing, and pharmacy students and residents.
  • News Briefs

    QIO developing outpatient quality measures; Health leaders name quality 'favorites'; The Joint Commission names new president; This year's 'Most Wired' take balanced approach