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New Collaborative Promotes Patient-centered Care, Accountability

Janice Simmons, for HealthLeaders Media, September 17, 2009

Six national organizations representing thousands of healthcare professionals nationwide have joined together to create the Hospital Care Collaborative (HCC) to examine pressing needs and outcomes related to hospitalized care.

The HCC includes members from:

  • American Association of Critical Care Nurses
  • American Association of Respiratory Care
  • American Society of Health System Pharmacists
  • Case Management Society of America
  • Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care
  • Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM)

"The collaborative really represents the coming together of organizations with similar mindsets and similar philosophies about the way patient care should be delivered—vis a vis teamwork, collaboration, true respect, and recognition for the talent and experience that others bring to the healthcare team," said Russell Holman, MD, a member and past president of SHM, which represents hospitalists.

"We thought that a great way of modeling collaboration and teamwork would not be to just to look at pockets of excellence on a grassroots level, but also to look at modeling this at a professional organizational level"—including the efforts in hospitals of physicians, nurses, case managers, pharmacists, social workers, and others, said Holman, who is also the COO of Cogent Healthcare.

He added that much of the discussion around healthcare reform has "ignited a great deal of conversation" within the collaborative. "There is more and more interest, for example, in terms of incentivizing hospitals and other providers based on quality instead of volume of services," he said. "We're very much interested in the process of healthcare being reflected of the outcomes that patients expect."

As part of the launch of HCC, the group has established 13 guiding principles for delivering team-based care in the hospital. It represents the consensus of the HCC members.

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