DR. SHANTANU AGRAWAL

CEO, Na­tional Qual­ity Fo­rum

Modern Healthcare - - News -

One is­sue that has been un­der­de­vel­oped is so­cial vi­o­lence and how that re­lates to health eq­uity. We need to be think­ing about gun vi­o­lence and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence as a health is­sue and we have to bring the same tools to bear to ad­dress it as we would any health chal­lenge.

I get con­cerned that the whole vi­o­lence dis­cus­sion will get swept un­der the rug.

We re­ally do need to put to­gether a bet­ter strat­egy for ad­dress­ing safety and qual­ity im­prove­ment in the am­bu­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment. I think that is an area where the fed­eral govern­ment and other or­ga­ni­za­tions need to take some big­ger steps, to get it to be a big­ger part of their over­sight as well as em­bed­ded more deeply in al­ter­na­tive pay­ment mod­els.

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