“Managing Health Care in China and Taiwan”

The School of Public Health is presenting a lecture by Victor H.C. Chang, M.D., M.B.A., Chief Executive Officer, Landseed International Medical, Shanghai, China, and Taoyuan, Taiwan. The Landseed International Medical group owns four hospitals in Taiwan. Since 2001 Landseed has operated a joint-venture medical facility in Shanghai and a health management consultancy, serving over 200 … Continue reading “Managing Health Care in China and Taiwan”

Supplies and devices are biggest cause of hospital cost increases

From the AHRQ Newsletter: Medical supplies and devices represented nearly one-fourth (24.2 percent) of rising hospital costs between 2001 and 2006, according to a new AHRQ-funded study.    Among all types of hospital stays, the cost percentage impact for supplies and devices was nearly three times that of operating room services.  While rising inpatient costs are … Continue reading Supplies and devices are biggest cause of hospital cost increases

AHRQ Quality Indicators™ toolkit for hospitals

The AHRQ Quality Indicators™ Toolkit for Hospitals is a free set of tools designed to support hospitals in assessing and improving the quality and safety of care they provide: http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/qitoolkit. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators (QIs) are measures of hospital quality and safety drawn from readily available hospital inpatient administrative data. … Continue reading AHRQ Quality Indicators™ toolkit for hospitals

Health insurance, health costs–Who pays what & why

Two interesting stories in the New York Times.  "Insurers Alter Cost Formula, and Patients Pay More" discusses how the settlement of a case against health insureres in New York State has led to greater, not lesser costs to patients. Despite a landmark settlement that was expected to increase coverage for out-of-network care, the nation’s largest … Continue reading Health insurance, health costs–Who pays what & why

April 27 Web Conference to Explore Strategies to Reduce ED Crowding, Improve Patient Flow

With nearly half of all emergency departments (ED) operating at or above capacity and the majority of hospitals holding patients in the ED while they wait for an inpatient bed, hospitals are seeking ways to reduce ED crowding. A Web conference sponsored by the Health Research & Educational Trust, an affiliate of the American Hospital … Continue reading April 27 Web Conference to Explore Strategies to Reduce ED Crowding, Improve Patient Flow

Medicare Hospital Quality Reporting

From HealthAffairs: A just-released study raises questions about Medicare’s seven-year public reporting initiative for hospitals, Hospital Compare.  The study indicates that Hospital Compare had no impact on reducing death rates for two key health conditions and just a modest effect on a third. Authors found that hospitals might have improved on thirty-day mortality rates during … Continue reading Medicare Hospital Quality Reporting

Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2012 User Comparative Database Report

The Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released the Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2012 User Comparative Database Report.  Based on data from 1,128 U.S. hospitals, the report provides initial results that hospitals can use to compare their patient safety culture to other U.S. hospitals. In addition, the 2012 report presents results … Continue reading Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2012 User Comparative Database Report