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Wired.com Superbug Blog, December 22, 2011:
Little-Known Killer: A Young Mom Survives Sepsis
A wife and mom of two toddlers who lives in a small town survived one of the most common, least-recognized illnesses in the United States: sepsis.
New York Times, The New Old Age Blog, December 20, 2011:
Mad As Hell
The Conversation Project is one of many nascent efforts to make the rigors of caregiving and advanced old age into a kitchen-table issue.
Selected Media Coverage, December 05, 2011:
Selected Media Coverage: IHI National Forum, December 2011
Selected media coverage on the IHI 23rd Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Health Care (December 4-7, 2011 in Orlando, Florida).
Infection Control Today, December 07, 2011:
Driving Down VAP Rates: One Hospital's Success Story
Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, has nearly wiped out cases of ventilator-associated pneumonia among its intensive care unit patients.
Infection Control Today, December 07, 2011:
Bundles Emphasized as Part of a Multidisciplinary Team to Address CLABSIs, VAP, and Sepsis
Multidisciplinary teamwork is especially critical as hospitals are increasingly following evidence-based practices and care improvement campaigns. For example, IHI's 100,000 and 5 Million Lives Campaigns introduced a set of steps, or bundles, for ventilator-associated pneumonia and central-line associated bloodstream infections.
The Commercial Appeal, December 08, 2011:
Stars Aligning for Health Care in Memphis
A local group of dedicated health care professionals from major hospitals, health plans, and research institutions have developed a communitywide initiative called the "Memphis Triple Aim Project."
HealthLeaders Media, December 15, 2011:
IHI: Getting Surgeons to Embrace Safety
A session at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forum, led by IHI Senior Fellow Gerry Healy, tackled the challenging problem of getting recalcitrant surgeons to embrace safety and quality.
Picker Institute, December 07, 2011:
Don Berwick Receives 2011 Picker Award for Excellence
The Picker Award for Excellence, which recognizes outstanding achievement in promoting and furthering patient-centered care, was awarded to Dr. Don Berwick on Wednesday, Dec. 7, the last day of the 23rd Annual National Forum hosted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Austin American-Statesman, December 01, 2011:
Our Missed Health Care Opportunity
Toni Inglis, an editor and neonatal intensive care nurse at the Seton Healthcare Family, provides an opinion on how Don Berwick's resignation as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is a "missed opportunity" for American health care.
Kaiser Health News, December 02, 2011:
Weighing Berwick's Top Five Accomplishments at CMS
Harris Meyer recently wrote about Berwick's CMS tenure for the journal Health Affairs. Here is his take on Berwick's top accomplishments.
Washington Post, November 24, 2011:
CDC Tests Two Programs to Curb Antibiotic Misuse at American Hospitals
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is testing two programs aimed at curbing misuse of antibiotics in US hospitals, part of a continuing effort to fight the growth of drug-resistant bacteria.
Boston.com Health Stew Blog, November 25, 2011:
Why Berwick Matters
Dr. Donald Berwick, MD, Interim Administrator for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, announced that he will be stepping down. Is this a big deal? Yes. For Berwick, obviously, and for the rest of us, not so obviously, though even more so.
Huffington Post, November 28, 2011:
Why Republicans Are Wrong About Rationing and Dr. Berwick
Dr. Donald Berwick, who has been serving in a recess appointment as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, announced that he is resigning effective December 2.
The Hill, Healthwatch, November 23, 2011:
Administration Names New Medicare Chief
The Obama administration announced Wednesday that the No. 2 official at the Medicare agency will soon take over because Senate Republicans won't confirm Administrator Don Berwick.
Boston.com White Coat Notes, November 23, 2011:
Harvard Professor Don Berwick Resigns as Medicare Chief
Don Berwick, the Harvard professor who was tapped by the Obama administration to lead the overhaul of the massive Medicare and Medicaid programs, resigned today.
Forbes, November 23, 2011:
Donald Berwick's Resignation and the Triumph of the Bland
Don Berwick resigns as Medicare administrator effective December 2.
Bloomberg, November 23, 2011:
Obama's Medicare Chief Berwick to Resign
Don Berwick, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has resigned effective December 2.
Nature, November 08, 2011:
Aid Organizations Tap into Social Science Expertise
An article from the journal Nature, featuring IHI's Executive Director of African Operations Nana Twum-Danso, about why certain global health interventions struggle to meet expectations.
Boston Globe, November 15, 2011:
A Blueprint on Patient Safety
This op-ed by patient safety expert Lucian Leape talks about the IHI white paper, "Respectful Management of Serious Clinical Adverse Events," which underscores the crucial role that transparency plays in improving safety.
American Medical News, October 31, 2011:
Stanford Cuts Liability Premiums with Cash Offers after Errors
Stanford University's hospitals and clinics have saved $3.2 million in annual premiums since establishing a program to disclose and investigate adverse events and offer an apology and compensation to patients when the bad outcome has been deemed preventable.
The Vancouver Courier, October 28, 2011:
Performing Small Acts Makes a Big Difference
The relatively small systematic changes made in the hospitals involved in the IHI's 100,000 Lives Campaign were scientifically based, carefully planned and standardized.
State of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, October 18, 2011:
Efforts to Improve Care for Louisiana Moms and Babies Focus of First Louisiana Perinatal Improvement Summit
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and partners brought together perinatal quality experts from across the country for the first Louisiana Perinatal Care Improvement Summit.
Otago Daily Times, October 12, 2011:
Clinicians told to embrace "messiness of life"
IHI's Dr. Robert Lloyd talks with clinicians, managers, and board members of Dunedin Hospital in New Zealand about using and interpreting clinical and research data correctly to improve health safety and systems.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 07, 2011:
Report: Grady Failed to Properly Monitor Patient Who Fell from Window
A patient falls out of a hospital window to her death, providing an extraordinary opportunity for learning and improvement for all hospitals to improve patient safety.
North Platte Bulletin, September 29, 2011:
Health Care Panel Tackles Patient Safety
A five-person panel of national and local health care officials and journalists ultimately agreed that transparency is among the biggest problems facing patient safety.
Cherokee Phoenix, September 22, 2011:
Cherokee Nation Doctor Completes Fellowship
Cherokee Nation physician Dr. John Krueger recently completed a one-year fellowship with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.
Washington Post, September 11, 2011:
New data show difficulties in controlling patient "rebound" at care facilities
New data show that Veterans Health Administration (VA) hospital patients are just as likely to be readmitted to the hospital as patients at private hospitals, despite the VA's efforts to reduce unnecessary readmissions.
InformationWeek, August 29, 2011:
Natural Language Processing IDs Medical Complications
A new study finds that embedding Natural Language Processing into electronic health records identifies postsurgical complications more accurately than analysis of patient safety indicators based on discharge billing codes.
The Commercial Appeal, August 24, 2011:
Project Has "Triple Aim" to Improve Health
The biggest companies in Memphis health care are joining together to improve the experience and quality of care and to decrease costs.
Boston Business Journal, August 24, 2011:
Modern Healthcare Names Four from Massachusetts to "Most Influential" List
Modern Healthcare has named its 100 most influential people in health care for 2011, and four are from Massachusetts.
North Country Now, July 25, 2011:
CPH Joins Efforts to Limit Infections After Joint Replacements
Canton-Potsdam Hospital (CPH) in New York has joined Project JOINTS, an effort to speed adoption of proven methods to prevent surgical site infections after hip and knee replacement surgery.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, July 28, 2011:
Hospital Honored for Zero Infections
St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas, was named an “Exemplar Hospital” by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement as a leader in developing and implementing practices that reduce surgical site infections.
Post-Bulletin, August 10, 2011:
Former Mayo CEO to Be Honored
Dr. Bob Waller, former CEO and president of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and a member of the IHI Board of Directors, receives a special Lifetime Achievement in Healthcare Award.
Sound Medicine, August 07, 2011:
Healthcare Lessons from Clinton Era
In this audio interview, IHI COO Jeff Selberg talks about the similarities between the Obama and Clinton administrations, including some warnings of what’s ahead for hospitals and for patients.
Advance for Nurses, August 03, 2011:
Med/Surg Nurses Hold Information Vital to Patient's Outcome in a Rapid Response
Medical/surgical nurses should be an integral part of a hospital Rapid Response Team.
Nurse.com, July 11, 2011:
Pilot Projects: Newton-Wellesley's STAAR Initiative Aims to Reduce Avoidable Readmissions
Nurses at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts are working to keep discharged patients from unnecessarily returning to their hospital beds, as part of the hospital's participation in the STate Action on Avoidable Rehospitalizations (STAAR) initiative.
Radio New Zealand, June 18, 2011:
Maureen Bisognano: Changing Health Care
In this Radio New Zealand broadcast, IHI CEO Maureen Bisognano talks about changing health care.
FOXBusiness, July 21, 2011:
Combating Preventable Rehospitalizations: No Easy Task
The frequency of patients returning to hospitals soon after being discharged is a problem plaguing the American health care system. Experts estimate that 76 percent of the readmissions are preventable.
YourNabe.com, July 21, 2011:
North Shore‒LIJ Working to Bring Down Sepsis Deaths
The North Shore‒Long Island Jewish Health System is teaming up with IHI for a 21-month-long partnership to reduce sepsis deaths in hospitals.
Howick and Pakuranga Times, June 23, 2011:
Health Study Centre Opens
Ko Awatea, a new educational facility in New Zealand that is also known as the center for health system innovation and improvement, is seeking to find better ways to serve the health needs of the Counties Manukau population.
The Hospitalist, July 01, 2011:
It Takes a Village
This article discusses recommended practices for hospitalists to improve care transitions for indigent patients and describes health care organizations, communities, and initiatives — such as IHI's STAAR initiative — that are working to improve care transitions, thereby reducing avoidable hospital readmissions.
CQ HealthBeat, March 01, 2011:
Washington Health Policy Week in Review Central Line Infection in ICUs Down But Progress Needed Elsewhere
Collaborations between hospitals and public health officials at all levels have led to a sharp decline in the number of bloodstream infections in intensive care unit patients with central lines.
Nurse.com, March 21, 2011:
Grow a Culture of Safety
Nurse leaders are in a position to set their facilities’ quality standards and foster a culture of safety.
The Bulletin, June 02, 2011:
Tying Payments to Results
Medicare trys a change in the way it pays hospitals.
HealthLeaders Media, May 26, 2011:
Add 'Healthcare Innovation Center' to Buzzwords List
"Over the past few months we've noticed a huge uptick in 'innovation centers' popping up around the country," Lindsay Martin, senior research associate for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement said in an interview with HealthLeaders.
Wall Street Journal Health Blog, May 25, 2011:
Reader Consult: Does the Culture of Medicine Enable Bad Behavior
Bad behavior in the health-care workforce “has been ignored for far too long, and it’s time to call attention to it,” Barry Silbaugh, CEO of the American College of Physician Executives.
Health Affairs Blog, May 13, 2011:
The Shifting Healthcare Landscape: Lessons From the Clinton Era
The U.S. health care landscape is changing in a way that’s reminiscent of shifts that occurred during the Clinton Administration.
HealthLeaders Media, May 13, 2011:
On Board with Quality
The recognition that hospital trustees are ultimately responsible for quality and patient safety has pushed transformation on well-meaning boards.
ACP Hospitalist, May 01, 2011:
Rapid Response Systems Are in Place But Do They Work?
With teams established, hospitals must follow through with the next step in IHI's model for improvement: measuring effectiveness.
San Francisco Chronicle, April 21, 2011:
Sepsis: Bay Area Hospitals Sharply Cut Death Rates
By taking relatively simple steps and arming health care workers with greater knowledge, Bay Area medical centers have made dramatic strides in reducing death rates from sepsis, the leading preventable cause of deaths in hospitals.
ACP Hospitalist, April 21, 2011:
The July Effect: Real or Urban Myth?
Susan George, FACP, was reviewing some data before patient safety rounds with residents at Saint Vincent Hospital when she noticed a slight uptick in medication reconciliation errors during July and August of last year.
Leader-Post, April 20, 2011:
Boston Woman Shares Worldly Healthcare Lessons to Regina Conference
Maureen Bisognano believes innovation can cure the ailments of health care at a lower cost.
American Medical News, April 18, 2011:
1 in 3 Patients Harmed During Hospital Stay
Many adverse events can be prevented, providing what a patient safety expert calls "humongous opportunities for improvement."
HealthLeaders Media, April 14, 2011:
Who's Being Transparent with HAC Data
CMS posted on Hospital Compare a link to a 26,888-line spreadsheet documenting rates of preventable harm, called hospital-acquired conditions or HACs, for each of 3,361 hospitals, culled from some 19 million Medicare discharges.
The New Health Dialogue, April 13, 2011:
Escaping, Not Crossing the "Quality Chasm": Patient Safety in the Spotlight
The issue of patient safety is poised to take center stage in the discussion of health care system improvement.
Medscape Medical News, March 25, 2011:
Nurses Often Silent About Physician Mistakes
Medical software can alert a nurse to a harmful drug interaction, but such a high-tech tool goes to waste if the nurse feels unsafe telling a physician or cannot make anyone listen.
The State, March 17, 2011:
Healthcare Group Stresses Cooperation
The major health insurer in the state, a statewide health research organization and a group that advocates for state hospitals, have formed a new partnership aimed at improving health care while slowing health care costs.
The Augusta Chronicle, March 09, 2011:
Expert Urges More Focused Patient Care
Health care reform would bring about value-based purchasing, in which patient satisfaction will be one of the major variables determining a hospital's reimbursement.
Hospital & Health Networks, March 09, 2011:
IHI CEO: ACOs Need to Focus on Clinical Care
IHI CEO Maureen Bisognano talks about the challenges ACOs will face in redesigning clinical care and the changing climate hospital CEOs must contend with.
Commonwealth Conversations, February 25, 2011:
Massachusetts Hospital in STAAR Initiative Recognized for Reducing Readmissions
A key avenue for reducing costs is to lower the rate of hospital readmissions throughout the state by improving the coordination of care people receive across hospital and other settings by multiple providers.
HealthLeaders Media, February 24, 2011:
e-Autopsy: Kaiser Hospitals Dig in to Data to Assess Mortality
Kaiser has a new concept, the e-Autopsy.
The Washington Post, February 22, 2011:
Hospitals Aim to Reduce the Number of Patients Readmitted After Discharge
One in five Medicare patients found themselves back in the hospital within 30 days of leaving it in 2003 and 2004, according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Wall Street Journal Health Blog, February 15, 2011:
Changing the Sedation Status Quo in the ICU
Hospitals are adopting new treatment methods in the intensive care unit to reduce the length of time patients spend heavily sedated and immobilized on a ventilator.
American Medical News, February 07, 2011:
Reducing Readmissions: How 3 Hospitals Found Success
Better discharge planning and quicker follow-up care are keeping patients at home -- and helping to avert Medicare pay cuts.
Health Data Management Magazine, February 01, 2011:
As Industry Automates, Adverse Events Continue to Haunt Caregivers
In November of 2010, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report alerting providers, patients and hospital executives there is still much room for improvement when it comes to keeping patients safe in the hospital.
Kaiser Health News, January 14, 2011:
Hospitals Try New Approaches to Curb Emergency Department Crowding
A woman tells her story about how her whole ED visit took less than an hour – including X-rays, pain medication, a soft cast and discharge instructions.
Health Affairs Blog, January 07, 2011:
The Next Phase For ACOs
The Affordable Care Act created new “accountable care organizations” (ACOs) in Medicare, and an accompanying “shared savings” program, to improve the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries and reduce unnecessary costs.
UtahBusiness.com, April 01, 2011:
LDS Hospital hosts national conference
Thirty healthcare providers from around the country came to LDS Hospital for a unique hands-on class to learn how the hospital’s innovative approach to patient care.
FOXBusiness, April 08, 2011:
Antibiotics under siege; interest groups call for action
Antibiotics are at risk because of the rapid increase of resistance microorganisms and the stakes are high.