Obama’s ap­point­ment of Ber­wick praised

Modern Healthcare - - Special Report -

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.

Other high­lights:

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.

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