Following feedback from Vizient and other health care organizations and associations, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a delay in the biannual release of the Overall Hospital Star Ratings, scheduled for July. A new release date has not been announced however as the Agency has committed to doing further analysis of several data and methodology issues that have been raised.
You may have heard the phrase, “See something. Say something.” It’s a call for people to speak out if they see a potential threat to public safety. A similar idea exists in the world of health care: If clinicians see something of concern for patient safety, they should speak up, and a patient safety huddle is the perfect forum for them to do that.
Steve Meurer is a data scientist and a road warrior. Over the last 12 months, Vizient’s executive principal of data science and member insights has traveled to more than 100 member hospitals nationwide. His primary purpose is to help hospital physician and quality leaders leverage the performance improvement analytics that are available to them.
In addition to caring for critically ill patients, caregivers and support staff are battling changes to workload, shortages in necessary PPE and concern for the safety of their own families; all leaving them vulnerable to extreme stress.
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