Ber­wick right for the job

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Re: “HHS launches $1 bil­lion pa­tient-safety ini­tia­tive,” Mod­ern­Health­care.com, April 12: It’s been a long time—at least 50 years of un­bri­dled scur­ry­ing—but we may fi­nally have some ef­fec­tive trac­tion to sys­tem­at­i­cally re­duce er­rors and im­prove de­liv­ery and qual­ity of care in all of its di­men­sions.

Dr. Don­ald Ber­wick is em­i­nently qual­i­fied to lead this ef­fort! Maybe, just maybe, we can pro­gres­sively re­move a good bit of the “foo foo dust and fog,” and sup­plant it with gen­uine mea­sur­able and in­cre­men­tal im­prove­ment. We must pur­sue re­sults that make a gen­uine dif­fer­ence.

Ide­ol­ogy must fade; we have to co­a­lesce as Amer­i­cans on a piv­otal mis­sion that must not fail.

Joe Bilich Ann Ar­bor, Mich.

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