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Category: Medical errors

Isn't It Time That The Impact on Patients Be the Major Concern?

When exactly did we cross the threshold where we became more concerned about the financial impact on hospitals and doctors than on the health, and sometimes, actual lives of patients? Why do commentaries, such as this one , which call out the shame of not righting this wrong in New York state, still include an argument that expanding laws allowing malpractice claims are likely to only result in a minimal increase in actual claims? To give the author's credit, they make many of the right... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Monday, August 31, 2015 | 0 comments

67% of Memphis-Area Hospitals Receive an "A" on National Hospital Safety Score

Memphis, Tennessee October 29, 2014 – Updated Hospital Safety Scores– the “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grades assigned to more than 2,500 U.S. adult general hospitals (pediatric and specialty hospitals do not receive a score)– were released today by patient safety advocate The Leapfrog Group , an independent nonprofit organization representing employer purchasers of health care. The Scores are based on preventable infections, injuries and errors, and grades were assigned to nine adult, general... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 0 comments

Evidence Mounts: Much Work Still Ahead to Get High Quality, Safe Health Care

In one week (week of October 7, 2013) I was reminded three times that with all the progress we have made in shedding the light on the quality and safety of health care services and providers, we still have so much more to do. Rosemary Gibson , a tireless advocate for reducing medical harm and waste within the health care system and a colleague of mine when she was with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, made a powerful case to actually  "Count the Dead from Medical Harm" in her... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, October 15, 2013 | 0 comments

How Many Things Can Go Wrong For A Patient in 3 days? Read On..

I know that there are stories all over the country just like this one. I wonder why we as purchasers and patients allow the system to work this way? There are many examples of a broken system in this story and I have highlighted a few of them. I imagine I left some out so feel free to chime in with more that you notice. As my friend says  "you can't make this stuff up". I stopped the the story at an arbritrary point but I imagine it will continue, probably for some time to come. There... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, February 20, 2013 | 0 comments

New Hospital Safety Scores Released for Memphis Hospitals

Get the Hospital Safety Score App          Hospitals across the U.S. are showing improvement when it comes to patient safety, but according to the latest release of the standard public score regarding patient safety, more work needs to be done. The updated Hospital Safety Scores – the A, B, C, D or F score assigned to U.S. general hospitals based on infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors – were released today by The Leapfrog Group, an... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, November 29, 2012 | 0 comments

How Long Will We Accept Preventable Medical Mistakes?

My heart breaks and then I get mad when I read about preventable medical mistakes, aka medical errors, causing so much pain and even loss of life for patients! When you read the full article below, you will see that in California (CA) at least 8 of the 14 hospitals cited have had penalties levied against them before. Why are these multiple-offenders allowed to stay open? Why do health plans continue to contract with these hospitals? Why do doctors continue to refer patients to these... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, August 31, 2012 | 0 comments

Memphis Hospitals Graded on Patient Safety

National hospital performance reporting organization, Leapfrog Group, released hospital safety scores for over 2700 hospitals across the nation today, several of which are in the Memphis metropolitan market. Most hospitals in the area fared well with six earning an “A” score. See results for Metro-Memphis area hospitals. Cristie Upshaw Travis, CEO of Memphis-based nonprofit Memphis Business Group on Health( MBGH), sits on Leapfrog’s national Board of Directors as its Vice Chair. ... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, June 6, 2012 | 0 comments

For One Little Soul At A Time...

This video explains it all...why MBGH is working with our regional hospitals to improve the safety, quality and efficiency of their care. For one little soul at a time. Plan to attend MBGH's April 24, 2012 celebration of 10 years as a Leapfrog Regional Roll-Out, and thank the employers and hospitals, and their teams, that have taken on the work of saving lives. Click here for registration information. And, plan to watch the full-length documentary on the Discovery Channel April 28th,... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, April 6, 2012 | 0 comments

Following a Blog on a Blog

Well, not quite a blog in the truest sense, but a Facebook version of a blog. Here is a recent conversation on Facebook about public reporting of hospital infection rates! Bottom line, whose burden is it? The hospital's burden of data collection, measurement and reporting? Or the patient's burden of dieing or going through the pain of treatment to survive? At some point we have to get to the bottom line. We all deserve to know the basics about the quality of the hospitals that serve us. Thank... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | 1 comments

Public Reporting Helps Spur Improvement in Hospital Infections

Memphis Business Group on Health is proud to be the Leapfrog Regional Roll-Out for Memphis and West Tennessee and to serve as Vice Chair of the Leapfrog Board of Directors. We are excited to see that public reporting of hospital acquired infections is resulting in improved care for patients. MBGH has been working with our Memphis hospitals to report this information since 2009. Thank you to these hospitals for being willing to report and for focusing on improvement. Memphis area results can be... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Wednesday, October 19, 2011 | 0 comments

If I were King....

If I were King, and could wave my magic wand, my three wishes would be (ooops, I think I am mixing metaphors, oh well): Engage my employees as partners with me in the quality and cost of their health benefits. I would Implement a benefit design similar to the State of Tennessee , offering lower payroll deduction for premium co-shares, lower deductibles, lower co-pays, and lower co-insurance in exchange for employees and their families taking an HRA, getting their biometrics, and agreeing... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Friday, September 23, 2011 | 0 comments

NBCH Hospital Patient Safety Action Brief Details Actions for Employers

The National Business Coalition on Health's (NBCH) Action Brief on Hospital Patient Safety, lays out the issues, details how health plans across the country are or are not working to improve safety, and details actions employers can take to have an impact on patient safety for their employees. 2011 eValue8 results were used to track how health plans are or are not working to improve safety. MBGH is an active participant in the eValue8 process and this year both BlueCross BlueShield of... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Thursday, September 22, 2011 | 0 comments

Do You Know the Common Causes of Wrong Site Surgery?

As it turns out, wrong site surgeries happen for many reasons and often the cause for the mistake happens before the patient is even scheduled for surgery.  A new initiative of the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare believes that wrong site surgery should NEVER happen, so it has quite a challenge since, on average, 40 wrong site surgeries occur every week across the country and such surgeries are the most frequently reported sentinel events at hospitals. Pilot... Read More
Posted by Cristie Travis at Tuesday, July 19, 2011 | 0 comments


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