|2008 John M. Eisenberg Patient Safety And Quality Award Recipients Revealed
The National Quality Forum (NQF) and The Joint
Commission revealed the 2008 recipients of the annual John M. Eisenberg
Patient Safety and Quality Awards. Honorees were selected in all four
This year’s awards also feature a new honorary award for individual achievement.
The honorees, by award category, are as follows:
Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph., M.S., Sc.D. – Institute for Safe Medication Practices, Huntington Valley, Pa.
Cohen is being recognized for his life-long professional commitment to
promoting safe medication use and a safe medication delivery system.
He has routinely challenged legislators and
regulators, practitioners, professional organizations and
pharmaceutical manufacturers to recognize their responsibility to
eliminate preventable morbidity and mortality due to medication errors.
The RAND Corporation and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine
The RAND Corporation and the UCLA School of Medicine are being honored
for the development of a comprehensive set of measures, known as the
ACOVE (Assessing the Care of Vulnerable Elders) project, intended to
assess and improve the medical care provided to vulnerable elderly
patients. This assessment, which was developed as a joint project of
RAND and Pfizer Inc., forms the basis for implementing tested
interventions known to improve patient care and safety for older adults
at increased risk of functional decline or death.
Innovation In Patient Safety And Quality At The National Level
National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, Rockville, Md.
This organization is being recognized for its substantive body of work
to promote medication error reporting and prevention through the broad
dissemination of council work products.
These products include the internationally recognized definition of a medication error and other standardized definitions.
The council is comprised of representatives from 24
national organizations who have worked collaboratively over the last 10
years to accomplish the objectives of the council.
Innovation In Patient Safety And Quality At The Local Level
Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia, subsidiary of WellPoint Inc., Richmond, Va.
This organization is being recognized for its development and
implementation of performance-based reimbursement programs for Virginia
hospitals, cardiologists and cardiac surgeons.
New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), New York, N.Y.
These programs are known as the Quality-In-Sights: Hospital Incentive Program and Quality Physician Performance Program.
The organization is being honored for developing and implementing its
transparency Website, known as HHC in Focus. HHC in Focus is designed
to make performance data accessible and transparent to all patients and
consumers, to demonstrate HHC’s willingness to be accountable for
the care delivered throughout the system, and to foster a culture of
Honorary Award for Individual Achievement
Dr. Dennis S. O’Leary, president emeritus of The
Joint Commission, will receive an honorary lifetime achievement award
for his leadership in, and many contributions to, improving the safety
and quality of healthcare provided in the United States. Dr.
O’Leary, who led the Joint Commission for 21 years until his
retirement in 2007, is credited with successfully transforming the
accreditation process to focus on organization performance in the
provision of patient care.
This year’s awards will be presented on Oct. 16
at NQF’s Annual Policy Conference: Quality at the Crossroads in
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