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TJC joins partnership for patients
The Joint Commission has announced that it and its Center for Transforming Healthcare will participate in the Partnership for Patients, a public/private initiative designed to make hospitals safer by reducing harm and readmissions. The goal is to reduce hospital readmissions by 20% in the next two years, and hospital-acquired conditions by 40% in the same time period.
Joint Commission president Mark Chassin, MD, MPH, says that this provides "real opportunities" to find solutions that will improve healthcare and reduce spending.
Other organizations involved include large employers and unions, health plans, and state governments. They will work to create tools to achieve the stated goals.
Memorial Hermann wins care management award
The Houston-based health system currently famous for overseeing the rehabilitation of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has another distinction to add to its honors: in April Memorial Hermann Health System's Care Management Services program was awarded the Franklin Award of Distinction for 2011.
The seven-hospital system uses a standardized approach in all of its facilities one of the reasons cited by the Joint Commission and the American Case Management Association for bestowing the award on Memorial Hermann. Using common policies and procedures, electronic case management tools and a team approach, the staff has created a system they noted is "robust." The organization was evaluated on its ability to collaborate, its interdisciplinary processes and interdependence, and its innovations and excellent outcomes.
In the next issue of HPR, quality improvement professionals will talk about what they did to help the Care Management Services program become so effective.
NQF outcomes project has final three measures
The National Quality Forum has endorsed two diabetes composite measures and an inpatient acute myocardial infarction measure as the final three measures for its patient outcomes project.
The first, optimal diabetes care, is a Minnesota Community Measurement. Comprehensive diabetes care comes from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. And the heart attack mortality rate comes from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
Appeals of this decision are due in by the end of April.