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In a new article published in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, authors Lawrence Casalino, Natalie Erb, Maulik Joshi and Stephen Shortell present arguments for and against ACOs and hospitals investing in affecting the socioeconomic determinants of health. The authors present examples of how ACOs and hospitals are already working to improve population health and summarize recent proposals of how hospitals and other community organizations can form and finance coalitions to effectively impact health outcomes.Read more
Health care teams that communicate effectively reduce the potential for human error, resulting in enhanced patient safety and improved clinical performance. TeamSTEPPS ®—Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety—capitalizes on the U.S. Department of Defense's expertise in medical and nonmedical team performance and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's research on patient safety and health care quality. TeamSTEPPS is designed to improve patient safety through effective communication and teamwork skills. This new HPOE guide outlines the TeamSTEPPS framework, describes teamwork tools and includes examples and case studies illustrating how hospitals and care systems are using TeamSTEPPS to improve patient safety and quality.Read more
HPOE and Leavitt Partners worked in collaboration to detail how accountable care organizations (ACOs) impact key stakeholders, outlining the benefits and challenges associated with accountable care arrangements. This white paper provides valuable perspectives on how the accountable care movement has or will impact the hospital sector. This work was supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.Read more
The purpose is to create an online community designed to foster sharing and learning between individuals in the care transitions field. "Huddle for Care" seeks to accelerate the spread of ideas across the country by creating an online forum in which those involved with transitional care programs can share effective strategies to overcome the main challenges associated with providing high-quality care transitions.
Health policy and management professor Stephen Shortell, the "godfather" of integrated health care, foresees growth in population health and accountable care organizations. HRET President Maulik Joshi interviewed Shortell about health care system integration, hospital-physician alignment, accountable care organizations and what may await health care leaders.Read more
The American Hospital Association’s Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) will receive the grand prize for an educational video on preventing infection among dialysis patients through patient engagement. The fifth annual APIC Film Festival drew more than 30 entries, of which nine finalists competed for the grand prize.Read more