A panel of patient safety experts recently found that a “systems approach” is necessary to ensure patient safety in hospitals and other health care organizations. An article published late last year in the industry newsletter FierceHealthcare summarized findings of a new report from the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF)
Since its Baldrige Award win in 2009, Mosaic Life Care (formerly called Heartland Health) has continued to be nationally recognized for quality, value, and the patient experience. In 2015, Mosaic Life Care was named to the Truven Health AnalyticsTM 100 Top Hospitals® list, given an “A” rating by The Leapfrog Group, identified as a HealthStrongTM Hospital by IVantage® Health Analytics, and named a “Most Wired” hospital by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.
Following is an interview with Baldrige alumnus examiner Christopher E. Laxton, executive director of AMDA–The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. Laxton compares the Baldrige Excellence Framework to two other approaches used in his sector today to improve the performance of post-acute and long-term care organizations.
In January 2015, the 2015–2016 Baldrige Excellence Framework (Health Care)-which contains the Health Care Criteria for Performance Excellence, core values and concepts, and scoring guidelines-will be released. The Baldrige Program is grateful that there has already been much written about the value of using this Criteria for improvement.
When healthcare is at its best, hospitals are four-star hotels, and nurses, personal butlers at the ready—at least, that’s how many hospitals seem to interpret a government mandate.
Performance excellence in healthcare is being pursued worldwide; however, there are significant financial challenges to providing safe, high-quality healthcare services to communities. The case studies within this Best Practice Report show that difficult financial challenges can be turned around through continuous quality improvement, good leadership, and multi-disciplinary teams.