Friday, September 28, 2007

The Effect of Referral and Transfer Patients on Hospital Funding in a Capitated Health Care Delivery System.

Kenneth Pietz, Margaret M. Byrne, Christina Daw, Laura A. Petersen
Medical Care. 45(10):951-958, October 2007.

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Measuring the Quality of Care Provided to Community Dwelling Vulnerable Elders Dually Enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid.

David S. Zingmond, Kathleen H. Wilber, Catherine H. MacLean, Neil S. Wenger
Medical Care. 45(10):931-938, October 2007.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Failure-to-Rescue: Comparing Definitions to Measure Quality of Care.

Jeffrey H. Silber, Patrick S. Romano, Amy K. Rosen, Yanli Wang, Orit Even-Shoshan, Kevin G. Volpp
Medical Care. 45(10):918-925, October 2007.

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Failure-to-Rescue: Comparing Definitions to Measure Quality of Care.
Jack Needleman, Peter I. Buerhaus
Medical Care. 45(10):913, October 2007.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Distinguishing patterns in the dynamics of long-term medication use by Markov analysis: beyond persistence

Tanja T Menckeberg , Svetlana V Belitser , Marcel L Bouvy , Madelon Bracke , Jan-Willem J Lammers , Jan AM Raaijmakers and Hubert GM Leufkens
BMC Health Services Research 2007, 7:106doi:10.1186/1472-6963-7-106

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Tools, Methods, and Techniques for Improving Patient Safety.

Training DVD by the Patient Safety Improvement Corps.
September 2007. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.

Developed by the Patient Safety Improvement Corps (PSIC), a new DVD presents a self-paced, modular approach to training individuals involved in patient safety activities at the institutional level.

The DVD presents eight modules:

  • Patient Safety, Why Bother?
  • Creating a Culture of Safety.
  • When to do a Root Cause Analysis.
  • How to do a Root Cause Analysis.
  • Human Factor Engineering.
  • Management of Risk.
  • Proactive Risk Assessment Tools.
  • Statistical Tools and Patient Safety Indicators.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Comparison of hospital episode statistics and central cardiac audit database in public reporting of congenital heart surgery mortality

Stephen Westaby, Nicholas Archer, Nicola Manning, Satish Adwani, Catherine Grebenik, Oliver Ormerod, Ravi Pillai, Neil Wilson
BMJ 2007:393186445, doi:10.1136/bmj.39318.644549.AE

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Adapting a Dynamic Model of Interorganizational Cooperation to the Health Care Sector

Wells, Rebecca, Weiner, Bryan J.
Med Care Res Rev 2007 64: 518-543

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Problem-Oriented Reporting of CAHPS Consumer Evaluations of Health Care

Elliott, Marc N., Beckett, Megan K., Kanouse, David E., Hambarsoomians, Katrin, Bernard, Shulamit
Med Care Res Rev 2007 64: 600-614

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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Essential Elements of a Technology and Outcomes Assessment Initiative

Ezekiel J. Emanuel; Victor R. Fuchs; Alan M. Garber
JAMA. 2007;298:1323-1325.


A simulation study of sample size for multilevel logistic regression models

Rahim Moineddin , Flora I Matheson and Richard H Glazier
BMC Medical Research Methodology 2007, 7:34doi:10.1186/1471-2288-7-34

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Monday, September 17, 2007

Tackling therapeutic inertia: role of treatment data in quality indicators

Bruce Guthrie, Melanie Inkster, Tom Fahey
BMJ 2007;335:542-544
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Problems with performance related pay in primary care
David S Wald
BMJ 2007;335:523
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Friday, September 14, 2007

Improving quality through effective implementation of information technology in healthcare

John √ėvretveit, Tim Scott, Thomas G. Rundall, Stephen M. Shortell, and Mats Brommels
Int J Qual Health Care 2007 19: 259-266

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Involving consumers in accreditation: the Irish experience

Elaine O'Connor, Triona Fortune, Jennifer Doran, and Roisin Boland
Int J Qual Health Care 2007 19: 296-300

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Evaluating quality of patient care communication in integrated care settings: a mixed method approach

J. Gulmans, M.M.R. Vollenbroek-Hutten, J.E.W.C. Van Gemert-Pijnen, and W.H. Van Harten
Int J Qual Health Care 2007 19: 281-288

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Getting to the ‘roots’ of patient safety

Justin Waring
Int J Qual Health Care 2007 19: 257-258

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Workforce Perceptions of Hospital Safety Culture: Development and Validation of the Patient Safety Climate in Healthcare Organizations Survey

Sara Singer, Mark Meterko, Laurence Baker, David Gaba, Alyson Falwell, Amy Rosen
Health Services Research (2007) 42 (5), 1999–2021.

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Medicaid Markets and Pediatric Patient Safety in Hospitals

Richard B. Smith, Robyn Cheung, Pamela Owens, R. Mark Wilson, Lisa Simpson
Health Services Research (2007) 42 (5), 1981–1998.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

21 years of reinvention: Dennis O'Leary, MD, discusses the past and future of the Joint Commission.

Interview by Diane S. Schneidman.
O'Leary D.
Bull Am Coll Surg. 2007 Aug;92(8):10-5.

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An interview with Dr. Mark Chassin Joint Commission next president, succeeding Dr. Dennis S. O’Leary

Dr. Chassin shares his thoughts with The Joint Commission Perspectives, the official newsletter of The Joint Commission as he prepares for his new position.


Monday, September 10, 2007

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Disclose Quality and Safety Record of Performance for Patients

web site

The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) released data to the public on safety and quality indicators:

  • Annual mortality rates for the entire system and for each of its 11 hospitals;
  • Adherence to best practice treatment for patients with heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia;
  • 30-day mortality rates for heart attack and heart failure;
  • Adherence to best practice treatment for prevention of surgical infection;
  • Rates of ventilator-associated pneumonia and central line-associated bloodstream infection for critically ill patients;
  • Rates of falls, pressure ulcers and effective pain management for long term care patients.
Press Release

Friday, September 07, 2007

Thursday, September 06, 2007

The Inverse Relationship Between Mortality Rates And Performance In The Hospital Quality Alliance Measures

Ashish K. Jha, E. John Orav, Zhonghe Li, and Arnold M. Epstein
Health Affairs, July/August 2007; 26(4): 1104-1110.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Effectiveness of Teaching Quality Improvement to Clinicians: A Systematic Review

Romsai T. Boonyasai; Donna M. Windish; Chayan Chakraborti; Leonard S. Feldman; Haya R. Rubin; Eric B. Bass
JAMA. 2007;298:1023-1037.



Teaching Quality Improvement: The Devil Is in the Details
Paul Batalden; Frank Davidoff
JAMA. 2007;298:1059-1061.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Measuring And Reducing Waiting Times: A Cross-National Comparison Of Strategies

Sharon Willcox, Mary Seddon, Stephen Dunn, Rhiannon Tudor Edwards, Jim Pearse, and Jack V. Tu
Health Affairs, July/August 2007; 26(4): 1078-1087.

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Quality of clinical primary care and targeted incentive payments: an observational study.

Steel N, Maisey S, Clark A, Fleetcroft R, Howe A.
Br J Gen Pract. 2007 Jun;57(539):449-54.