January 28, 2009 | | Comments 0
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Suggestions for changing healthcare for the better

An editorial in today’s USA Today caught my eye after reading Paul Levy’s blog Running a Hospital. Levy, as many of you may know, is the CEO of Beth Israel Deconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, who blogs regularly. The editorial talks about how an attitude of nonchalance is making for less safe hospitals and worse patient care systems. The authors outline a few actions that they feel could reverse this trend.

These include better inspections by accrediting bodies (aka more in depth surveys more often by The Joint Commission, DNV, and HFAP), more rigorous reporting of near misses and adverse events, increased attention paid to the overuse of medications (to prevent the spread of MDROs), and stricter adherance to no-payment threats by the CMS.

I think the federal government is taking a step in the right direction with the creation of Patient Safety Organizations to offer more legal protections to facilities and encourage more reporting of near misses and adverse events, but that is just one example.

Do you think these suggestions are on-par? Do you have any you might add?

Entry Information

Filed Under: CMSPatient Safety

Heather Comak About the Author: Heather Comak is the Assistant Director of the Association for Healthcare Accreditation Professionals and a Managing Editor at HCPro, Inc., where she is the editor of the monthly publication Briefings on Patient Safety. Contact Heather by e-mailing her at hcomak@hcpro.com.

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