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Updated: August 3, 2010
$6 Million Collaborative To Improve Healthcare Quality A Joint Effort

Anthem Blue Cross, three regional California hospital associations and the National Health Foundation are working together in a three-year, $6 million effort to improve the quality and consistency of hospital care Californians receive.

Patient Safety First, a California partnership for health, will save lives, improve the quality of medical care and reduce healthcare costs to make healthcare more affordable for Californians, program organizers said.

The California March of Dimes leadership team is also supporting the collaborative effort.

This new partnership transcends the efforts of individual hospitals and is unprecedented in its scale and ambition, the organizations said.

The Institute of Medicine reports that as many as 98,000 patients in American hospitals die of avoidable medical errors each year.

Leading the collaboration are Leslie Margolin, president, Anthem Blue Cross; Art Sponseller, president/CEO, Hospital Council of Northern and Central California; Steve Escoboza, president/CEO, Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties; Jim Barber, president/CEO, Hospital Association of Southern California; and Gene Grigsby, president/CEO, the National Health Foundation.

"This is a groundbreaking initiative crossing organizational and geographic boundaries in bold and ambitious ways," Margolin said.

Data will be collected from participating hospitals and benchmarks will be established to enable the success of the program in monitoring and reporting on lives saved, quality outcomes and cost reductions.

California hospitals will be linked in a coordinated effort to improve patient safety through the sharing and implementation of best practices to eliminate hospital- acquired infections and to improve patient care.

The three initial areas of focus elected by the collaborative will be: perinatal care, sepsis, and reduction of incidence of hospital-acquired infections in the ICU.

Address: Anthem Blue Cross, 22425 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364; (800) 356-3615,

  This article was taken from:
The Executive Report on Managed Care

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