Obama’s appointment of Berwick praised
Patient safety and quality improvement advocates laud President Barack Obama’s appointment of Donald Berwick to head the CMS. Berwick is the co-founder and former president and CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a not-for-profit organization. A well-known leader in the patient-safety movement, Berwick led a range of quality improvement initiatives at the IHI, including the 100,000 Lives Campaign.
Providers spend more of their resources and energy this year than ever before to combat dangerous and costly healthcare-associated infections. Large numbers of hospitals sign on to participate in initiatives such as On the CUSP: STOP BSI, a program developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University to curb rates of central line-associated bloodstream infections. And in May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the number of central line-associated bloodstream infections was 18% lower than originally predicted during the first half of 2009. The CMS also increases its focus on HAIs.
To boost participation in its Physician Quality Reporting Initiative, the CMS expands the number of measures that can be reported using electronic health records. And for physicians who use claims-based reporting, the agency lowers sample requirements to 50% from 80% of applicable cases.