When tragic medical mistakes harm patients, defensive attitudes and behavior can make litigation more likely and prolonged, and can add more anxiety and suffering to the affected patients and their families, says an Institute for Healthcare Improvement report. >>>
Physicians and hospitals have been adopting checklists to ensure proper patient care. Now it’s time to take the checklist premise further, to find procedures that should be minimized or eliminated altogether. >>>
Leaders fear change. They fear taking on risk. And perhaps most importantly, they fear that accountable care organizations will turn out to be another failed payment experiment from the federal government. Some may rightly consider ACO participation as the worse of two bad options. In that case, it's time to consider consolidation. >>>
The Office of Inspector General criticizes regional offices of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for failing to notify accreditation agencies, such as the Joint Commission, in two-thirds of cases involving serious adverse events at hospitals, including immediate jeopardy citations. >>>
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