|$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
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,"
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, www.anthem.com.