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Will Paying Hospitals to Teach Each Other Get Results?

Philip Betbeze, for HealthLeaders Media, February 3, 2012

That's a mouthful, but it represents accountability for results.

Some of the recipients are actual hospitals and health systems, others are state, local and national hospital associations.

Ascension Health, the largest Catholic health system in the country with hospitals in 21 states, is getting $8.4 million of the total, to be spent over the three-year life of the program on staffing for meetings, providing the educational materials and remote meeting infrastructure, and providing follow-up care provider support, says Ann Hendrich, vice president of clinical excellence operations for Ascension in St. Louis. Hendrich is heading up the initiative at Ascension.

"A big role that we'll play is how we package and produce our material so that we can bring other hospitals and systems to the same level of performance," says Hendrich, a registered nurse by training.

Ascension will use the funds to update some of the content they've already produced for consumption within the health system for a broader audience in seven of the 10 focus areas identified by the scope of the project.

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1 comments on "Will Paying Hospitals to Teach Each Other Get Results?"


A. Bibby (2/3/2012 at 2:03 PM)
Personally, it is a good idea for hospitals and other healtcare facilities to learn from OTHER like facilities. Oftentimes, practioners become too complacent and too "busy" to learn new and other effective techniques. I do not think; however, that hospitals should get paid to teach within... Either they get money for research or on the tail end by saving money from following some sort of quality improvement plan (i.e. decrease infections= decrease supply use= less call outs=increase marketability