The U.S. healthcare system has been engaged in significant quality-focused activity over the last decade, as hospitals responded to numerous mandates aimed at improving patient outcomes and safety. The healthcare quality movement began in earnest with The Institute of Medicine (IOM) Report “To Err is Human,” which highlighted the high number of medical errors occurring in U.S. hospitals. Now 2010’s Affordable Care Act is motivating and requiring hospitals to pursue new and focused methods of shoring up gaps as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and private insurers start to make serious inroads on tying quality and patient safety outcomes to reimbursement. Hospitals are taking this latest reform move seriously. In a recent HealthLeaders Media survey of 244 healthcare leaders, more than 90 percent said not only is patient safety one of their top five priorities, it is “an integral part of their organization’s strategic plan."
High-Performing Hospitals Make Education a Priority
With so much at stake, how can hospitals move the quality needle in a meaningful direction? While most healthcare organizations already have a quality agenda, getting specific initiatives to cascade down to frontline staff continues to be a challenge. Increasing evidence shows, however, that hospitals are driving quality and patient safety improvements through exceptional education programs.
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