A good step for­ward

Modern Healthcare - - OPINIONS LETTERS -

Re­gard­ing “AMA, Joint Com­mis­sion re­lease strate­gies to re­duce overused treat­ments” (ModernHealth­care.com, July 12), I think that the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion/Joint Com­mis­sion sym­po­sium on overuse is a good step for­ward, as it helps fo­cus hos­pi­tals on top op­por­tu­ni­ties for im­prove­ment. As an anes­the­si­ol­o­gist who has spent the past 20 years fo­cus­ing on bet­ter blood use, it is par­tic­u­larly grat­i­fy­ing to see that ap­pro­pri­ate blood man­age­ment made the list. Blood is a high-vol­ume, high-risk, high-cost ther­apy that is poorly uti­lized, and the rec­om­men­da­tions made by the work­ing group are con­sis­tent with my ex­pe­ri­ence in chang­ing em­bed­ded and an­ti­quated trans­fu­sion prac­tices. Dr. Ti­mothy Han­non Chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer Strate­gic Health­care Group In­di­anapo­lis

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