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By Kimberly Mitchell | Friday, Mar 27, 2015
Alberta Health Services Edmonton Zone in Canada is using the Triple Aim to tackle the challenge of reducing the high health care costs typically associated with people with complex needs, and then reinvesting those savings to improve the health of the entire community. In this blog post, Jennifer Verma, Crispin Kontz, and Elina Farmanova describe the work underway at AHS-Edmonton. Jennifer Verma (left), Crispin Kontz (middle), and Elina Farmanova (right)A small proportion of patients living wit ... read full post


Tag(s): Triple Aim for Populations, population management, Triple Aim - The Best Care for the Whole Population at the Lowest Cost, Community, Cost Containment and Reduction, Regional Improvement, North America, Canada, Complex Needs
By IHI Multimedia Team | Tuesday, Mar 24, 2015
The transformational shift from volume to value will result in a new health care environment. In this blog post, three surgeons — Steve Schutzer, Tony DiGioia, and Kevin Bozic — describe the changes they expect to see.After decades of fee-for-service payment mechanisms, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010 has accelerated the time frame for health care providers to participate in new care delivery platforms and payment models such as bundling and reference-based pricing (RBP). The transformatio ... read full post


Tag(s): Quality, Cost, and Value, Cost Containment and Reduction, Health Reform in the US
By Kimberly Mitchell | Friday, Mar 13, 2015
Kelly McCutcheon Adams is Director at IHI for the Conversation Ready seminar. In this blog post, she describes the many opportunities for improving how health care providers receive, record, and respect every patient's end-of-life wishes.A colleague recently asked me, in my role as the director of the Conversation Ready work at IHI, what I saw as the biggest challenge of delivering appropriate end-of-life care. Is ita) Patients not having the right conversation and documents executed?b) Provider ... read full post


Tag(s): Person- and Family-Centered Care, The Conversation Project, End of Life Care, Engage Patients and Families in Care, Person-Centered Care
By Kimberly Mitchell | Friday, Mar 06, 2015
After knee replacement surgery about five years ago, Rosie Bartel contracted a methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection that ultimately led to the amputation of her right leg. In this blog post, Mrs. Bartel describes how she turned this life-changing event into her passion to advocate for the patient's role in improving patient safety. Watch this brief video of Rosie Bartel talking about the keys to person- and family-centered care.When I think about when I became involved in ... read full post


Tag(s): Patient Safety, Infection - Healthcare-Associated (HAI), Engage Patients and Families in Improvement, Communication
By Michael Posencheg | Friday, Mar 06, 2015
In this guest blog post in honor of Patient Safety Awareness Week, Dr. Mike Posencheg describes how his experience as a patient has informed his views on engaging patients to improve patient safety. Posencheg is the Medical Director of the Intensive Care Nursery and Newborn Nursery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He completed the IHI Improvement Advisor Professional Development Program in 2012. It was nearly eight years ago, but I still vividly remember awakening after double ... read full post


Tag(s): Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Engage Patients and Families in Improvement, Communication
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