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Category: Quality

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Stunning Medical Mistakes Still Happen 6 Years After Introducing Universal Protocol

According to a report published in the October issue of the Archives of Surgery, introducing the universal protocol endorsed by the Joint Commission in 2004 has NOT reduced the frequency of such medical errors as wrong site surgery or wrong patient surgery, Read a summary of the report. The protocol requires 3 steps: Pre-procedure verification Marking the correct surgical site Taking a "time-out" for the surgical team just before surgery. Diagnostic... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, October 19, 2010

MBGH Releases 2010 eValue8 Report on TN Health Plan Performance

MBGH released its 2010 eValue8 report on Tennessee Health Plan Performance at the MBGH Annual Conference on September 9, 2010. This annual report is prepared in conjunction with HealthCare 21, the business coalition in middle & east Tennessee. Click here for a copy of the report. This year, MBGH reports on the progress these health plans have made collectively in the past three years as well as each plan's specific progress. Although there has been good improvement in the areas of... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, September 27, 2010

Evidence Mounting: 2011 Will be a Messy Year for Both Employers & Employees

Survey results released over the past 2 weeks clearly indicate that employers of all sizes will be asking their employees to share in healthcare cost increases expected in 2011.For example: Large Employers: The National Business Group on Health 's survey of 72 large employers found employers expect an average trend increase of 8.9% in 2011. 63% will increase employee percentage contribution to premium cost, 46% will increase out-of-pocket max, and 44% will increase in-network... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Memphis Employers: Accountable Care Organizations Are Coming! Are You Ready?

Memphis employers, employees & their families will definitely be affected by the latest trend to hit the healthcare delivery system: Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The concept is not entirely new but is a new version of an old idea: paying systems of care to be accountable for the health and health care of a group of people. So why all the buzz? Well, the recently passed Health Reform law requires Medicare to begin to work with these types of systems in 2012. Hospitals,... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, August 19, 2010

Preventable Medical Errors Add More Than $19.5 Billion to US Healthcare Costs

Yet another study reveals the direct connection between poor quality of care and increased cost. Milliman's recent study for the Society of Actuaries found that, in 2008, avoidable medical errors added $19.5 billion to the US healthcare bill. This cost is not the full cost, because it only captures those errors that can be identified based on an analysis of health care claims. Major findings include: $13,000 in additional cost were incurred per error 2,500 people died from these injuries... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, August 16, 2010

MBGH Update: Methodist Healthcare Quality Report Cards Now On-line

Memphis Business Group on Health (MBGH) applauds Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare (Methodist) for making their quality of care report card public on their websites. Specifically, MBGH is pleased with this initiative for the following reasons: • MBGH has been working with Memphis-area hospitals since 1997 to improve transparency. As advocates for our member employers, we’ve consistently pressured hospitals to measure and publicly report their performance and to use this information to... Read More
Posted by Candace Joseph at Tuesday, July 13, 2010

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