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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 Tennessee and CIGNA of Tennessee provided information for Memphis-area purchasers through eValue8.

Specific actions employers can take to impact safety include:

  • Asking their plan what they're doing, how they compare, and how they can improve
  • Not paying for hospital acquired conditions and serious reportable events
  • Encouraging (or requiring) plans and hospitals to publicly report. Here is Memphis, MBGH works with hospitals to report through The Leapfrog Group's Annual Hospital Survey, which meets all of NBCH's recommendations for public reporting.
  • Make high performing networks available to employees.
  • Raise awareness about patient safety among employees. MBGH offers a "Getting Quality Care" employee communication tool kit for members and helps re: implementation. Give us a call to learn more!
  • Join the Partnership for Patients. MBGH is a member and is working with our members to implement the Partnership goals.
  • Join their regional business coalition on health! MBGH is excited to talk with any employers about the benefits and value of MBGH membership, both for the impact on the community and the impact on the quality and cost of the employer's health benefits.

Read the Action Brief.

 

Posted by Cristie Travis at 7:58 PM

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