This Week at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement
April 24, 2017
Providers Must Act Now to Address
the Prescription Opioid Crisis

Health care providers have an important role — and a responsibility — to help reverse the exponential growth in opioid-related morbidity and mortality in the US by changing their prescribing practices. That’s according to IHI authors Mara Laderman and Lindsay Martin in a new NEJM Catalyst article. They write: “Prominent among multiple causes of the current opioid epidemic is health care providers’ inadvertent contribution to creating it.” While a community-wide approach is also needed to effectively address the opioid crisis, the authors describe some key actions that both providers and organizations can take to begin making a difference.

Tips for Creating an Effective Aim Statement

An effective aim statement is an important component of every improvement project. Yet, improvement teams often struggle with writing aim statements because some common misconceptions, or myths, get in the way. Many teams get bogged down due to the mistaken notion that improvement work can’t move forward until the perfect aim statement is developed. Sometimes teams need to tackle other questions first, or better understand the problems they’re trying to solve before crafting a clear aim. Learn more about these myths and how to overcome the challenges they present, and apply the essential elements of a good aim statement in your improvement work.

The High Stakes of Health Care Policy: WIHI, May 3

Although the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the US still stands, the possibility of some sort of retrenchment, whether through legislation or regulation, hasn’t gone away. On the next WIHI (Wednesday, May 3, 2-3pm ET), we’ll discuss the latest developments in health care policy and what continues to keep health care leaders up at night. Dr. John Chessare, GBMC Healthcare President and CEO, will share how the ACA is changing his health system and others for the better. John McDonough, Professor of Public Health Practice at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, will speak to the potential impact of current debates and disagreements on health care policy.

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IHI Focus Area Spotlight

Improvement Capability: Learn How to Use PDSA Cycles by Spinning Coins

Person- and Family-Centered Care: What Is Lauren’s List?

Patient Safety: Redefining Rapid Response

Quality, Cost, and Value: Improving Value with “Direct Primary Care”

Triple Aim for Populations: What Will It Take to Make Our Care Systems More “Age-Friendly”?

Look for

New Guide Offers Complex Care Roadmap: IHI’s web-based Care Redesign Guide offers a structured process to enhance health outcomes for individuals with complex health, behavioral, and social needs who have high health care costs.


In the Huffington Post, Al Kurose, Coastal Medical President and CEO and IHI Leadership Alliance member, writes about “What We Pay for in Healthcare” in the US does not reflect the kind of care patients or providers want.


On, “What EMS Leaders Need to Know about Unconscious Bias,” co-authored by Cheri Wilson, faculty for IHI’s Pursuing Equity initiative, discusses why awareness of our own biases is important for improving health equity, as further described in IHI’s White Paper.

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Improvement Coach Professional Development Program
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Innovation Manager Development Program*
June 20-21 in Cambridge, MA
*Free informational call on April 28 (12-1pm ET)

Where's IHI?
This week numerous IHI leaders and staff are in London for the 22nd annual IHI/BMJ International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare.
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