This Week at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement
February 23, 2015
Improving Health Care and Health at the IHI Summit
Dr. Trissa Torres, IHI Senior Vice President, will kick off this year’s IHI International Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and the Community (March 15-17 in Dallas, TX) with a keynote address about improving health care and health. For a preview of her talk, watch this short video clip of Dr. Torres speaking about IHI’s latest thinking on the topic of improving overall health and the importance of improving health equity. (As a special offer, all 2015 Summit attendees will be given free access to the IHI Open School’s newest online course, Improving Health Equity.) Other Summit keynotes feature Mary Brainerd, President and CEO of HealthPartners in Minnesota, and Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Health at the University of Strathclyde, and former Chief Medical Officer for Scotland. This year’s Summit will also include innovative new sessions on topics such as community engagement, rapid ambulatory redesign for population health at scale, and many more.
Tips for Transitioning to Bundled Payments

Bundled payments aren’t brand new. Health care organizations have engaged in these kinds of reimbursement arrangements decades before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law. But the ACA has greatly increased opportunities to benefit from global payments of all kinds. And, for many in health care, this is new territory. Trisha Frick is Assistant Director of Managed Care at Johns Hopkins HealthCare, LLC, and faculty for IHI’s upcoming Expedition on Preparing Care Teams for Bundled Payment. In a new Q&A posted to the IHI Blog, Ms. Frick offers her thoughts on operating under bundled payments and tips for making the transition to them. Drawing from Johns Hopkins’ lengthy experience, she talks about the importance of teamwork, having a physician champion, and engaging all the necessary stakeholders.

Topping the Charts in Pediatrics and Adverse Events Reporting

Thirty-two abstracts and 56 posterboards were shared at IHI’s 20th Annual Scientific Symposium this past December. The audience voted three of these as the best for clarity of presentation and strength of research. On the next WIHI (Thursday, February 26, 2-3pm ET), we’ll talk with the leaders of the teams behind the winning presentations. IHI’s Senior Scientist Gareth Parry, who runs the Scientific Symposium, will kick off our discussion with some framing about the state of improvement science in the US and globally. We’ll then hear about the three winning presentations: a multi-year effort at Seattle Children’s Hospital to improve care pathways for children suffering from chronic asthma; new processes at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to reduce discharge-related waits and delays for children with complex medical problems and illnesses; and the creation of a medical resident-led consultation team at a Veterans Administration Medical Center to ensure that safety concerns are addressed.

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IHI Focus Area Spotlight

Improvement Capability: The Importance of Context in Implementation Research

Person- and Family-Centered Care: End-of-Life Care and How Communities Can Become "Conversation Ready"

Patient Safety: Measuring Patient Suffering as a Type of Harm

Quality, Cost, and Value: Group Care Improves Outcomes, Reduces Costs in Labor and Delivery

Triple Aim for Populations: Engaging Health Care Consumers: The Lowe’s Experience

Look for

A new post to the IHI Blog by Executive Director, Frank Federico, RPh (above): Measuring Patient Safety: How Far Have We Come?



A video, posted by East London NHS Foundation Trust, of IHI Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, Dr. Don Goldmann (above), talking about how to implement credible quality improvement projects



The Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare (May 29-31 in Doha, Qatar), organized by the Hamad Medical Center in collaboration with IHI, is accepting storyboard submissions through March 31

Where's IHI?

IHI Senior Vice President, Dr. Pierre Barker, is in Atlanta this week to talk about scale-up and sustainability at an American College of Preventive Medicine Institute workshop hosted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Who's at IHI?

The IHI Board of Directors is in Cambridge this week for their quarterly IHI Board meeting.


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