The Direct Dispatch
A Newsletter For Healthcare Providers

July 2019

"America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination." - Harry S. Truman
Improved Healthcare
How Testing Changes Over Time Improved Care for Newborns

Over time, small tests of change lead to big results. Learn how one hospital used PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) cycles to achieve and surpass the goal of using a preventive antibiotic for 95% of newborns. Use the PDSA worksheet to run your own tests...

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CMS Announces Start of BPCI Advanced Second Cohort...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on April 24 announced the second application period for BPCI Advanced, which qualifies as an Advanced Alternative Payment Model under the Quality Payment Program. Participants selected for the...

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Patient Safety Essentials Toolkit

​​​Institute for Healthcare ImprovementBoston, Massachusetts, USA IHI's Patient Safety Essentials Toolkit is a helpful companion for you and your organization on the journey to delivering safe, reliable care every time, for every patient.

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Medicare Just Invited More Competitors Into Value-Based...

The shift to value-based care has sputtered a bit in the past two years, as hospitals and health systems have waited to see what innovative reforms the Trump administration would push across the healthcare policymaking finish line.

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Quality Improvement
Older and Wiser? How Management Style Varies With Age

In recent years, one of the most profound changes in the workplace has been the increase in age diversity. Large organizations have employees from as many as five generations...

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Congress Grills ONC on Privacy Concerns Posed by...

Privacy, especially around third-party apps, was a key focus during Tuesday's Senate HELP Committee on the 21st Century Cures Act, with leaders from Congress, the Office of the National Coordinator, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid...

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'Center of Excellence' may not mean fewer deaths or...

(Reuters Health) - Select hospitals designated as "Centers of Excellence" by major U.S. health plans may not necessarily have lower death rates or fewer repeat admissions than other hospitals, a study of heart patients suggests. Several health...

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Burn Out
Burnout is making us worse at our jobs, according to the WHO

Workplace burnout is a serious issue. So much so that the WHO has officially recognized it for the first time, outlining the three main components of the issue.

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