Institute For Healthcare Improvement

This Week at IHI

March 18, 2019


Dear Readers,
Thanks to all of you who recently offered feedback on this newsletter. We hope our new format — designed with your thoughtful comments in mind — will make it easier for you to find the content that’s most important to you each week. In the spirit of continuous improvement, please let us know what you think.
Your IHI Newsletter Team

What Does “Medicare for All” Really Mean?
“Medicare for All” has resurfaced this year in the US as a proposed way to insure more Americans, and IHI President Emeritus, Don Berwick, is following the discussions. He says there’s a basic understanding of Medicare for All among the public but also a lot of misconception and confusion. We brought Berwick into the IHI studio to explain how Medicare for All might work and what features appeal to some but not to others. Here’s Berwick’s 8-minute video.

The Answer to Culture Change: Everyday Management Tactics
New research from IHI suggests certain management tactics can be game-changing when it comes to creating the type of culture that supports meaningful improvement over time. Look for examples from both inpatient and outpatient care in a new article in NEJM Catalyst: “The Answer to Culture Change: Everyday Management Tactics.”

“Conversation Ready”: A Framework for Improving End-of-Life Care (2nd Edition)
A newly updated version of IHI’s “Conversation Ready” white paper is now available to help health care organizations and clinicians provide respectful end-of-life care. The framework is relevant whether you’re a leader in a large hospital, a social worker in the community, a doctor in a clinic, or a palliative care nurse in a skilled nursing facility. Download the IHI white paper to provide care that respects patients’ individual goals and preferences.

Learn with IHI

2019 IHI Patient Safety Congress
May 15–17, 2019 | Houston, TX
*Early bird rate ends March 31
This is a must-attend event for people who are shaping smarter, safer care.

Better Maternal Outcomes Rapid Improvement Network (Free!)
Informational call: March 27, 12:00 PM ET
Hospitals focused on reducing maternal mortality and morbidity are invited to join a free six-month program that will include education and coaching from expert faculty.

Five Items Worth a Click

Improving opioid and pain management
A new tool provides three categories of curated resources: patient care, provider training, and strategy.

Building an interprofessional QI team
A student leader is building connections across disciplines to fuel quality improvement work.

Psychology of change podcast
IHI white paper author Kate Hilton is featured in a two-part podcast from Harvard Medical School.

Collaborative approach to improving maternal and newborn care
Learn how neonatal care teams in India are using the IHI Collaborative model.

Community health webinar
A free webinar on March 21, 2–3:30 PM ET, will discuss the most effective ways to support improvements in community health.

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