MedNews.Sq.300We know you’re busy, but we don’t want you to miss important healthcare quality and patient safety news. Here’s 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. The Best Way to Improve Health Care Delivery Is with a Small, Dedicated Team
    Consider author Chris Trimble’s healthcare delivery innovation map which illustrates the overlooked opportunities that lie mid-spectrum between small improvement projects and large, high-risk, game-changing innovation. Learn why he says initiatives driven by common sense and carried out by small, full-time clinical teams have the potential to deliver better outcomes and a greater return on investment.
  2. HHS reaches goal of tying 30 percent of Medicare payments to quality ahead of schedule   
    According to a press release issued by the Department of Health & Human Services “an estimated 30 percent of Medicare payments are now tied to alternative payment models that reward the quality of care over quantity of services provided to beneficiaries.” The announcement puts the Administration well ahead of timeline goals released last January for the quantity to quality transition. 
  3. Patient Safety Movement Announces GAO Report to Congress on Patient Safety
    “Obtaining data to identify adverse events in their own hospitals” was the top challenge identified in the report on Patient Safety recently presented to Congress by the Government Accountability Office. Read the full report here.
  4. Patients Must Be Part Of Defining Quality And Increasing Value
    Patients, ironically, have typically been an untapped resource in healthcare. Find out how a grant funded by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation will support efforts to enhance and measure patient-reported outcomes.
  5. Making Health Care Safer
    Access two new infographics published by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aimed at protecting patients from dangerous antibiotic-resistant infections.
  6. TJC Issues Sentinel Event Alert on Patient Suicide
    Read Sentinel Event Alert 56, issued by The Joint Commission, to help point of care providers recognize signs in patients who may develop suicidal thoughts. Download an associated infographic as well.
  7. Why Organizations Forget What They Learn from Failures
    In such a high-stakes industry as healthcare, organizations cannot afford to sweep critical errors behind them and move forward – even after corrections have been achieved. Learn how an immediate, reactionary focus on safety can unfortunately jumpstart the forgetting process.
  8. Association of Safety Culture with Surgical Site Infection Outcomes
    A recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons finds that a positive safety culture plays an important role in improving surgical outcomes.