mednewsWe know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Below is a roundup of stories you may have missed but need to take a look at before calling it a week. (Sign up on the right if you’d like these news alerts delivered to you.)

  1. Surmounting Sepsis: An Interview with Dr. Sean Townsend Vice President of Quality and Safety at California Pacific Medical Center, Sean Townsend, discusses endeavors to combat the number one cause of inpatient death in the United States. Topics include Severe Sepsis Bundles and Rapid Response Teams.
  2. Measuring Readmissions for Improvement, Accountability and Patients Access a new issue brief prepared by The Commonwealth Fund titled Hospital Readmissions: Measuring for Improvement, Accountability and Patients, which builds on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s recommendations for refining the methodology used by the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program in calculating “excess” readmissions.
  3. Patient Experience: Old School Approach May Be Best While Patient Satisfaction is closely related to Patient Experience, it is not the same. There’s a difference between asking a patient: “Are you pleased with the results of your surgery?” and “Would you recommend our hospital to a friend?” Learn what tactics some hospitals have found most effective in finding out what patients really think in order to shift culture.
  4. Former Official: Scrap Rule Forcing Patients to Pay for Rehab Dr. Donald Berwick, former chief of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and now candidate for governor of Massachusetts, is encouraging the Obama administration to discard a rule that is causing older Americans to pay thousands of dollars for rehabilitation services they receive after leaving the hospital.