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Committee Reviews and Advises on Cases of Alleged Unprofessional Behavior as Alternative to Formal Investigation, Leading to Improvements in Physician Behavior 12/19/14

Three hospitals within the University of Pennsylvania Health System succeeded in changing physician behavior through a Professionalism Committee that handles cases of alleged disruptive, unprofessional behavior by a physician, as an alternative to a formal investigation under medical staff bylaws.

Cross-Division Surgical Group Conducts Quarterly Review as Supplement to Traditional Department-Specific Morbidity and Mortality Reviews, Leading to Lower Mortality Rates 09/18/14

As an adjunct to traditional morbidity and mortality reviews, a teaching hospital convenes representatives from its 11 surgical groups on a quarterly basis to review mortality-related data and discuss trends, problems, and opportunities for systematic improvement, leading to lower mortality rates and better performance on a composite quality measure.

Multifaceted Initiative To Reduce "Alarm Fatigue" on Cardiac Unit Reduces Alarms and Increases Nurse and Patient Satisfaction 04/07/14

A series of interventions to reduce “alarm fatigue” on an inpatient cardiac unit leads to significant declines in the number of alarms with no adverse events attributed to the changes and to increases in nurse and patient satisfaction.

Hospital Gain-Sharing Program Offers Incentives to Physicians Based on Their Efficiency, Producing Significant Cost Savings Without Decline in Quality 03/17/14

A group of 12 New Jersey hospitals offered upside incentives to individual physicians based on their performance on various efficiency metrics, leading to significant cost savings without negatively affecting quality of care.

Primary Care Physician Communication With Patients at or Soon After Discharge Significantly Reduces Medication Discrepancies 03/17/14

After being briefed by hospitalists, primary care physicians meet or talk by phone with patients who have complex medication regimens at or soon after discharge, leading to a significant reduction in medication discrepancies.

Community Health Workers Embedded in Inpatient and Outpatient Clinical Teams Enhance Access to Primary Care and Improve Health Outcomes for Low-Income Patients 03/13/14

Community health workers embedded in clinical teams in medical offices and hospitals support low-income patients in setting and achieving health-related goals and accessing needed medical and community-based services, leading to better communication and access to postdischarge primary care, increased patient activation, fewer readmissions and depression-related symptoms, and positive feedback from patients.

Hospital-Affiliated Physician Group Offers Modest Performance-Based Incentives to Salaried Physicians, Leading to Sustained Improvement on Quality-Related Metrics 03/07/14

A hospital-affiliated physician group offers modest performance-based incentives to salaried physicians, leading to sustained improvements in performance on a broad array of quality-related metrics.

Real-Time Location System Tracks Staff, Patients, and Equipment, Reducing Costs, Improving Infection Control and Room Turnaround, and Generating High Satisfaction 02/27/14

Hospitals use a real-time location system to track employees, patients, and/or major pieces of equipment, leading to lower equipment costs, better infection control processes, faster room turnaround, and high levels of patient, physician, and staff satisfaction.

24-Hour Inpatient Pulse Oximetry Monitoring Reduces Rescue Events and Intensive Care Unit Transfers 02/11/14

A hospital uses round-the-clock pulse oximetry monitoring to identify patients who exhibit early signs of deterioration and automatically notify their nurse, leading to reductions in rescue events and transfers to the intensive care unit.

California Law Enhances Access to Affordable Care by Limiting Amount Hospitals Can Collect From Low-Income Uninsured and Underinsured Patients 01/30/14

California legislation enhances access to affordable care by limiting the amount hospitals can collect from low- and moderate-income patients who are uninsured or lack adequate coverage and hence face high out-of-pocket medical expenses.

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