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  • Physicians Expected to Accept Responsibility for Protocol Lapses

    Attitudes in the healthcare industry are shifting from a "no-blame" hospital culture that leans toward system improvements to assigning blame for individual errors. According to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine, healthcare providers and patients think physicians should assume responsibility when failing to follow proper safety protocol. 
  • Patient Safety Tools: 10 Hand Hygiene Posters for Use in Your Facility

    Here are ten free, downloadable hand hygiene posters that can be printed out and posted in your facility. For more patient safety tools, visit our database by clicking here. 
  • Study: Few Reports Examine Link Between Electronic Medication Management and Adverse Events in ASCs

    There is little evidence showing a correlation between electronic interventions for medication management and the risk of adverse events or patient harm in ambulatory surgery centers, according to a study published in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making. 
  • Many Patients Unnecessarily Treated for C. diff

    Preliminary data show most patients treated for Clostridium difficile are not actually infected, according to a MedPage Today report. 
  • Quality Improvement Tip: 8 Steps for Change Management

    The Harvard Business Review shares eight steps for change management from retired Harvard Business School professor John P. Kotter, PhD. The tips were originally shared in advance of his 1996 book Leading Change but are still relevant to conversations in change management today. According to Dr. Kotter, the eight necessary steps to take to foster organizational change are: 
  • 10 Most-Read Patient Safety Tools Dec. 9-13

    The following are the 10 most-popular patient safety tools for the week of December 9-13, starting with the most read. 
  • President-Elect of Iowa ASC Association Announces All State Surgery Centers Meet CMS Quality Requirements

    President-Elect of the Iowa Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers Michael Patterson has announced the 28 ASCs in Iowa have all met the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services quality reporting requirements, according to a Quad-City Times report. 
  • Medication Reconciliation Improves with Pharmacist Intervention

    Medication reconciliation was more complete, accurate and up-to-date at hospital admission and discharge when pharmacists took over the process, according to preliminary data reported in MedPage Today. 
  • Hand Hygiene Story Roundup

    Here are five recent stories and studies on hand hygiene compiled by Becker's Hospital Review and Becker's ASC Review, starting with the most recent. 
  • The Challenges and Promises of Note Sharing

    Patient seeking more control over medical records are changing the nature of the physician's note, according to a perspective in the New England Journal of Medicine.  
  • Burnout Reported More Frequently in Ambulatory Physicians

    Outpatient physicians experience more burnout than inpatient physicians, according to a study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. 
  • HFAP Hosts ASC Quality Reporting Final Rule Webinar

    The Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program will host a webinar later this month on the 2014 OOPS/ASC Final Rule: The ASCQR Program. 
  • Transparency of Physician Information: 40 States Get Failing Grade

    In a new report from the nonprofit Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute, 40 states have earned an 'F' and seven states have earned a 'D' for transparency and quality of physician quality information. 
  • 9 Quality Reporting Programs to Know in the ASC Industry

    Here are nine quality reporting programs for ambulatory surgery center leaders to know, according to ProVation. 
  • 10 Top Quality Articles Dec. 2-6, 2013

    The following are the 10 most-read quality articles Dec. 2-6, 2013. 
  • Quality Improvement Tip: Quality is Not a Department

    Today's quality improvement tip comes from Robert Lloyd, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's executive director of performance improvement from an IHI blog post. "Your organization will only make meaningful and sustainable quality improvements when people at every level feel a shared desire to make processes and outcomes better every day in, in bold and even imperceptible ways," says Dr. Lloyd. Sign up for our FREE E-Weekly for more coverage like this sent to your inbox! According to Dr. Lloyd, quality improvement starts on an individual level. Organizations with true dedications to quality understand that quality has a foundation in the the little things. "Instead of saying, 'I'm the Administrator,' or 'I'm in HR,' or 'I'm in the finance department,' [someone who embodies quality] understands that it’s these little moment-to-moment interactions that, once accumulated, become the overall quality of what we do. Quality is personal — and it begins with you," he says. Access the full blog post on quality improvement on IHI's website. More Articles on Quality: Quality Management Tip: For Success, Simplify5 Most Expensive Medicare DrugsCAHPS Consortium Considers Administering Surveys Twice as Often 
  • ISMP's 2014-2015 Best Practices for Medication Safety

    The Institute For Safe Medication Practices has released the "2014-2015 Targeted Medication Safety Best Practices for Hospitals" to reduce medication errors that may cause patient harm. 
  • Top 10 Most-Read Patient Safety Tools Dec. 2-6, 2013

    The following are the 10 most-popular patient safety tools for the week of Dec. 2-6, 2013, starting with the most-read. 
  • Quality Management Tip: For Success, Simplify

    Harvard Business Review's management tip for Dec. 6, 2013: "Simplicity is the key to both managing people and building products." 
  • 5 Most Expensive Medicare Drugs

    The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality releases statistical briefs with insights on healthcare cost and quality. The following is a list of the top five most costly prescription drugs by total expense prescribed to Medicare beneficiaries in 2010 as reported in AHRQ's Statistical Brief #411. Combined, these drugs accounted for 68.23 percent of Medicare prescription drug spending, totaling $63.4 billion. 


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