IPRO’s 28th Annual Membership Meeting will be held June 5, 2012 from 12:30PM to 3:00PM. at the LaGuardia Marriott Hotel in East Elmhurst, New York. Included will be presentations of this year’s Quality Awards, recognizing outstanding contributions by healthcare providers from across the state. Registration check-in begins at 11:30AM, followed by a complimentary luncheon at 12:30PM. To learn more about IPRO’s Quality Awards, visit www.ipro.org/index/ipro-quality-award. To register for the event, visit https://www.regonline.com/annual-meeting. The LaGuardia Marriott Hotel is located at 102-05 Ditmars Boulevard, East Elmhurst, NY 11369. The hotel phone number is (718) 565-8900.
Most U.S. states still don’t require monitoring and reporting of surgical site infections and of the 21 states that do, only eight make the information easily accessible to consumers. That’s the conclusion of researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who conducted their nationwide survey last fall. Researchers found that for the eight states with robust public reporting programs, the data only address two to seven procedures. Few states require reporting of infections following colon surgery, despite the fact that these surgeries have the highest infection rates. Read the rest of this entry »
IPRO’s latest surveys of collaborator and customers demonstrate the highest rates of satisfaction the organization has ever achieved. Collaborators are defined as provider representatives who work closely with IPRO on quality improvement initiatives at the state and federal level. With nearly a thousand surveys sent out last fall, IPRO achieved a 35% collaborator response rate, garnering best-ever scores for overall impression of working relationships, ease of access to assistance, responsiveness to questions/issues and respectfulness and professional courtesy. As for the customer survey-conducted via telephone interviews-IPRO achieved positive scores (4, 5 or 6) from 100% of customers interviewed, in such areas as staff knowledge, effectiveness, willingness to use IPRO again and willingness to recommend IPRO to another organization. IPRO has been conducting formal collaborator and customer satisfaction surveys since 2004.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has launched an aggressive, multi-media anti-tobacco educational campaign. Described as “ground-breaking,” the 12-week Tips From Former Smokers campaign features highly-explicit, first-person videos featuring real-life victims describing the ravages of illnesses caused by smoking, including cancer, heart attack, stroke, asthma and Buerger’s disease. Outreach includes television, radio, highway billboards, magazines, newspapers, theatres and social media. The social media vehicles will include Facebook, Twitter and YouTube-underscoring the goal of direct outreach to young people. The campaign website includes a wealth of educational information, including rotating personal testimonials. The campaign goal is to reduce smoking prevalence to 17% or lower over five years. The Tips from Former Smokers campaign is closely aligned with the Million Hearts initiative. For more information on the CDC campaign, visit www.cdc.gov/quitting/tips. To learn more about the Million Hearts initiative, click on the campaign icon located on the IPRO home page at www.ipro.org.
A recent decision by federal authorities to promote closer cooperation among Medicaid anti-fraud contractors is resulting in an increase in dollars saved, according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General (IG) of the U.S. Department of Health and & Human Services. The IG’s Office examined savings achieved by the federal Medicaid Integrity Program, created by Congress in 2005 to attack fraud, waste and abuse in state-based healthcare services for the poor. The Program created two groups of contractors: Review Medicaid Integrity Contractors-Review MICs-that identify potential overpayments and Audit Medicaid Integrity Contractors-Audit MICs-that focus in on specific targets based on initial review findings and after additional analysis by state and federal authorities. Analysis by the IG’s Office for a six-month period ending in June 2010 found that “collaborative audits” including input and cooperation from all involved parties accounted for $6.2 million of a total of $6.9 million in identified overpayments. Read the rest of this entry »
Commercial report card developer HealthGrades® believes it has isolated the essential characteristics of the “100 Best Hospitals” it identifies in a publication it released this spring. The list is based on analysis of up to ten years worth of hospital-specific Medicare mortality and complication data. The essential characteristics seen as correlating with superior performance include: (1) long c-suite tenure ( nearly two-thirds of high-performing hospitals report an average tenure for senior managers of more than five years); (2) positive operating margins (most high performance facilities report operating margins greater than 2 percent, with a third reporting margins greater than 4%); (3) achievement orientation (8 of 10 hospitals report a strong interest in obtaining external awards); and (4) community commitment (more than half of the high-achieving institutions believe their patients take publicly-available hospital report cards seriously) . Read the rest of this entry »
The Society of Hospital Medicine-a Philadelphia-based national association representing hospitalists-is the winner of the 2011 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety and Quality Award for Innovation in Patient Safety and Quality at the National Level. The Society is the first national medical association to win the award, which was established in 2002 by The Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum in memory of John M. Eisenberg, MD, MBA. In its March announcement of the award, the Society describes three “signature” mentoring programs that couple hospital teams with physician champions in order to improve outcomes at the local level. These include Project BOOST, which is focused on reducing 30-day readmissions at 110 hospitals; the Glycemic Control Mentored Implementation Program, which aims to prevent hypoglycemia at 115 hospitals; and the Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Collaborative, now underway at 71 institutions. For more information on the Society’s quality improvement initiatives, visit .