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Henry Ford Task Force Reduces Catheter-related Bloodstream Infections in Hemodialysis Patients

Henry Ford Health System

The Henry Ford Medical Group in Detroit has a large dialysis program with high-risk patients; about 80 to 100 of these patients per month use a hemodialysis catheter for vascular access. Despite attempts to reduce catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI) over a 3-year period, rates remained well above the national benchmark of 3.1/100 patient months. To … Continue reading Henry Ford Task Force Reduces Catheter-related Bloodstream Infections in Hemodialysis Patients

Henry Ford Health System’s ‘No Harm Campaign’ Reduces Harm and Saves Lives

Henry Ford Health System

The “No Harm Campaign” at Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) in Detroit integrates national, local, and homegrown efforts into one system-wide initiative to reduce harm. With an ambitious goal to decrease harm events system-wide by 50% from 2008-2013, the No Harm Campaign focuses on enhancing the culture of safety, improving the quality and clarity of … Continue reading Henry Ford Health System’s ‘No Harm Campaign’ Reduces Harm and Saves Lives

Population Health Management in an IPA: Monarch HealthCare ACO Pilot Program

Monarch Healthcare

In 2009, Brookings–Dartmouth launched its ACO Pilot Program to support four provider groups to form accountable care organizations (ACOs) with health plans and private payers (as opposed to the Medicare government-supported ACO programs now underway). The provider organizations that are participating all agreed to take responsibility for the overall cost and quality of care for … Continue reading Population Health Management in an IPA: Monarch HealthCare ACO Pilot Program

Improving Care and Reducing Costs for PPO Patients: HealthCare Partners ACO Pilot Program

HealthCare Partners

In 2009, Brookings–Dartmouth launched its ACO Pilot Program to support four provider groups to form accountable care organizations (ACOs) with health plans and private payers (as opposed to the Medicare government-supported ACO programs now underway). The provider organizations that are participating all agreed to take responsibility for the overall cost and quality of care for … Continue reading Improving Care and Reducing Costs for PPO Patients: HealthCare Partners ACO Pilot Program

Virginia Mason Provider-Employer-Payer Collaboratives Target Common Medical Conditions

Virginia Mason Medical Center

Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle has worked in collaboration with health plans and employers to develop standardized approaches to the care of patients with common medical conditions. Called marketplace collaboratives, these efforts have eliminated unnecessary treatment and decreased costs to employers, health plans, patients, and providers while improving quality and value. To date, Virginia … Continue reading Virginia Mason Provider-Employer-Payer Collaboratives Target Common Medical Conditions

Obstetrical Care Improvements Increased Quality and Reduced Costs

Intermountain Healthcare

In reviewing its data, Intermountain found that there were a “golden few” clinical processes that made up the bulk of care that the system delivers. Just 104 clinical processes accounted for 95 percent of all of Intermountain’s care delivery. Eleven percent of these related solely to obstetrics. Intermountain realized that it could have a bigger … Continue reading Obstetrical Care Improvements Increased Quality and Reduced Costs

Integrating Independent Physicians into an Accountable Care Organization

Advocate Physician Partners

Keywords: Advocate Physician Partners, Advocate Health Care, accountable care organizations, asthma, care coordination, care management, Illinois, intensive care, independent physician associations, performance improvement, prevention, physician and hospital collaboration, value Advocate Physician Partners, a joint venture representing approximately 3,500 physicians serving patients in Illinois, could serve as a model for a new kind of ACO. Advocate … Continue reading Integrating Independent Physicians into an Accountable Care Organization

HealthPartners: Closing the Gap in Health Care Disparities (Colorectal Cancer)

HealthPartners

Colorectal cancer deaths are 48 percent higher among African-Americans than among whites, according to the US Department of Health & Human Services. As a result, HealthPartners developed customized interventions aimed at reducing disparities in colorectal cancer screening rates for African-American patients. More than ten years ago, HealthPartners began groundbreaking work to close a gap in … Continue reading HealthPartners: Closing the Gap in Health Care Disparities (Colorectal Cancer)

Improving Quality and Reducing Waste: The Virginia Mason Production System

Virginia Mason Medical Center

The Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS) is a management method that seeks to continually improve how work is done within the medical center. Using this method, Virginia Mason (VM) identifies and eliminates waste and inefficiency in the many work processes that are part of the health care experience, making it possible for VM staff to … Continue reading Improving Quality and Reducing Waste: The Virginia Mason Production System

Virginia Mason’s Hospital Team Reduces Bedsores and Costs

Virginia Mason Medical Center

Hospital-acquired pressure ulcers (HAPU), commonly known as bedsores, are increasingly common in hospitalized patients. To address this issue at Virginia Mason, the Zero Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers team was established. The team reviewed guidance materials and brainstormed how to improve the HAPU program already in place at VM. They used the tools of the Virginia Mason … Continue reading Virginia Mason’s Hospital Team Reduces Bedsores and Costs