Scanning the Headlines: Efficiency (Archive) 2015-2013
Updated on June 28, 2016
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Elliott, D.J., Williams, K.D., Wu, P., and others. (2015, Dec.). An interdepartmental care model to expedite admission from the emergency department to the medical ICU. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 41(12), 542-549.
Warner, L.S., Pines, J.M., Chambers, J.G., and Schuur, J.D. (2015, Dec.). The most crowded US hospital emergency departments did not adopt effective interventions to improve flow, 2007-10. . Health Affairs, 34(12): 2151-2159.
Zocchi, M.S., McClelland, M.S., and Pines, J.M. (2015, Dec.). Increasing throughput: Results from a 42-hospital collaborative to improve emergency department flow. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 41(12), 432-541.
Brown, M.J., Kor, D.J., Curry, T.B., and others. (2015, Nov.-Dec.). A coordinated patient transport system for ICU patients requiring surgery: Impact on operating room efficiency and ICU workflow. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 37(6), 354-362.
(2015, Nov.). TeamSTEPPS for Office-Based Care Version. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Retrieved from: http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/education/curriculum-tools/teamstepps/officebasedcare/index.html
Gangadharan, S., and Belpanno, B. (2015, Oct.-Dec.). A simulated level loading of supply and demand for beds in a tertiary care children’s hospital reduces overall bed requirements. Quality Management in Health Care, 24(4), 207-211.
Gorman, A. (2015, Aug. 5). Hospitals seeking an edge turn to unlikely adviser: A care maker. Kaiser Health News. Retrieved from: http://khn.org/news/hospitals-seeking-an-edge-turn-to-unlikely-adviser-a-car-maker
Ready, T. (2015, June 10). Surge in quality scores linked to drop in malpractice claims. HealthLeaders Media. Retrieved from: http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/content/QUA-317323/Surge-in-Quality-Scores-Linked-to-Drop-in-Malpractice-Claims
Gittell, J.H., Beswick, J., and others. (2015, April-June). Teamwork methods for accountable care: relational coordination and TeamSTEPPS. Health Care Management Review, 40(2), 116-125.
(2015, May). Appropriate Use of Medical Resources: Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Toolkit. Chicago: American Hospital Association. Retrieved from: http://www.ahaphysicianforum.org/resources/appropriate-use/PCI/PCI-Toolkit.pdf
(2015, Apr. 29). Issue Brief: Zeroing In on the Triple Aim. Retrieved from: http://www.aha.org/content/15/brief-3aim.pdf
Ready, T. (2015, Apr. 1). Facebook ratings correlate with hospital quality data. HealthLeaders Media. Retrieved from: http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/content/QUA-314903/Facebook-Ratings-Correlate-with-Hospital-Quality-Data
Haenke, R., and Stichler, J.F. (2015, April). Applying lean six sigma for innovative change to the post-anesthesia care unit. JONA. Journal of Nursing Administration. 45(4),185-187.
(2015, Mar. 2). 2015 National Impact Assessment of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Measures Report. Baltimore: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Retrieved from: https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/QualityMeasures/Downloads/2015-National-Impact-Assessment-Report.pdf
Adams, C., O’Brien, R., and Scruth, E. (2015, Jan.-Mar.). Transformational quality in Kaiser Permanente Northern California. Quality Management in Health Care, 24(1), 4-8.
Durvasula, R., Kayihan, A., and others. (2015, Jan.-Mar.). A multidisciplinary care pathway significantly increases the number of early morning discharges in a large academic medical center. Quality Management in Health Care, 24(1), 45-51.
Staines, A., Thor, J., and Robert, G. (2015, Jan.-Mar.). Sustaining improvement? The 20-year Jonkoping quality improvement program revisited. Quality Management in Health Care, 24(1), 21-37.
Pronovost, P.J., Armstrong, C.M., and others. (2015, Feb.). Creating a high-reliability health care system: Improving performance on core processes of care at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Academic Medicine, 90(2), 165-172.
Barr, P. (2015, Jan. 13). Hill Country Memorial and St. David's HealthCare Win Baldridge Award. H&HN. Retrieved from: http://www.hhnmag.com/display/HHN-news-article.dhtml?dcrPath=/templatedata/HF_Common/NewsArticle/data/HHN/Magazine/2015/Jan/IB-baldrige-hill-country-st-davids
Griffith, J.R. (2015, Jan.-Feb.). Understanding high-reliability organizations: Are Baldrige recipients models? Journal of Healthcare Management, 60(1), 44-62.
Balogh, E., and others, editors. (2015). Improving Diagnosis in Health Care. Washington: The National Academies Press. Retrieved from: http://www.nap.edu/catalog/21794/improving-diagnosis-in-health-care
(2015). Hospitals Are Leading the Way on Improving Care, Enhancing Health, and Reducing Costs [Severyn Group]. Retrieved from: http://www.aha.org/content/15/rpt-3aimseveryn.pdf
Harrison, M., Paez, K., Carman, K., Stephens, J., Smeeding, L., Devers, K., and Garfinkel, S. (2014, Dec. 23). Effects of organizational context on learn implementation in five hospital systems. Health Care Management Review. Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Effects+of+organizational+context+on+Lean+implementation+in+five+hospital+systems
Trivedi, A., and others. (2014, Dec. 11). Quality and equity of care in U.S. hospitals. New England Journal of Medicine. 371:2298-2308. Retrieved from: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1405003
Richardson, D.M., Rupp, V.A., Long, K.R., and Urquhart, M.C. (2014, Nov.). Using lean methodology to decrease wasted RN time in seeking supplies in emergency departments. JONA. Journal of Nursing Administration. 44(11), 606-611.
Vose, C., Reichard, C., Pool, S., Snyder, M., and Burmeister, D. (2014, Nov.). Using LEAN to improve a segment of emergency department flow. JONA. Journal of Nursing Administration. 44(11), 558-563
Martsolf, G., Auerbach, D., Benevent, R., Stocks, C., Jiang, H.J., Pearson, M., Ehrlich, E., ...Gibson, T. (2014, Nov.). Examing the value of inpatient nurse staffing: An assessment of quality and patient care costs. Medical Care. 52(11):982-988. Retrieved from: http://journals.lww.com/lww-medicalcare/Abstract/2014/11000/Examining_the_Value_of_Inpatient_Nurse_Staffing_.8.aspx
Hoffman, J., and Kanzaria, H. (2014, Oct. 14). Analysis: Intolerance of error and culture of blame drive medical excess. BMJ. Retrieved from: http://www.bmj.com/content/349/bmj.g5702
Hospital-based Strategies for a Creating a Culture of Health. Princeton, NJ: Robert Wood Johnson, Oct. 2014. http://www.hpoe.org/resources/hpoehretaha-guides/1687
Milsten, A., Klein, J., Liu, Q., Vibhakar, N., and Linder, L. (2014, Sept.-Oct.). Retrospective analysis of quality improvement throughput measures at a high-volume community emergency department. Journal for Healthcare Quality, 36(5), 13-25.
(2014, Sept.). Working in Concert: A How-to Guide to Reducing Unwanted Variations in Care. Oakland, CA: California Healthcare Foundation. Retrieved from: http://www.chcf.org/resources/download.aspx?id=%7bE3214CA4-559D-4B69-A51B-992A0EF87EDA%7d
Eagle, A. (2014, August). Improving patient flow: hospital designs that can increase efficiency and reduce costs. Health Facilities Management. 27(8),19-23.
CT hospital slashes door-to-balloon times to reduce patient harm. ED Management. 26(7):80-83, July 2014.
Patient flow scorecards capture complexity in the patient flow process. ED Management. 26(7):77-79, July 2014.
Boomer business: lean strategy turns total joints into thriving enterprise. OR Manager. 30(6):14-16, June 2014.
Report to the President Better Health Care and Lower Costs: Accelerating Improvement Through Systems Engineering. Washington: President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, May 2014. http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/PCAST/pcast_systems_engineering_in_healthcare_-_may_2014.pdf
National Healthcare Quality Report 2013. No. 14-0005. Washington: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, May 2014. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqr13/2013nhqr.pdf
Parry, G. A brief history of quality improvement. Journal of Oncology Practice. 10(3):196-199, May 2014. http://jop.ascopubs.org/content/10/3/196.full.pdf+html
Singh, H., Meyer, A., and Thomas, E. The frequency of diagnostic errors in outpatient care: Estimations from three large observational studies involving US adult populations. BMJ Quality & Safety. 23:727-731, Apr. 17, 2014. http://qualitysafety.bmj.com/content/early/2014/04/04/bmjqs-2013-002627.abstract
Stein, S., and others. Patients’ Perceptions of Care Are Associated With Quality of Hospital Care: A Survey of 4605 Hospitals. American Journal of Medical Quality, first published on April 16, 2014. http://ajm.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/04/15/1062860614530773.abstract
MacDonald, I. How lean strategies saved a NH critical access hospital from financial ruin. FierceHealthcare. Apr. 7, 2014. http://www.fiercehealthcare.com/story/how-lean-strategies-saved-nh-critical-access-hospital-financial-ruin/2014-04-07
Longenecker, C.O., and Longenecker, P.D. Why hospital improvement efforts fail: a view from the front line. Journal of Healthcare Management;59(2):147-157, Mar./Apr. 2014.
Mukamel, D., Haeder, S., Weimer, D. Top-down and bottom-up approaches to health care quality: The impacts of regulation and report cards. Annual Review of Public Health. 35:477-497, Mar. 2014. http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev-publhealth-082313-115826
Regenstein, M., and Andres, E. Reducing hospital readmissions among Medicaid patients: a review of the literature. Quality Management in Health Care;23(1):20-42, Jan.-Mar. 2014.
Weaver, S.,, Sydney, D., and Rosen, M. Team-training in healthcare: A narrative synthesis of the literature. BMJ Quality & Safety. Feb. 5, 2014. http://qualitysafety.bmj.com/content/early/2014/02/05/bmjqs-2013-001848.full
(2014). Results of the 2014 Leapfrog Hospital Survey: Maternity Care. Washington: The Leapfrog Group. Retrieved from: http://www.leapfroggroup.org/media/file/2014LeapfrogReport_MaternityCareFINAL.pdf
Vaughn T., Koepke, M., and Levey, S. Governing board, C-suite, and clinical management perceptions of quality and safety structures, processes, and priorities in US hospitals. Journal of Healthcare Management. 59:111-128, 2014. http://ache.org/pubs/jhm/jhm_index.cfm
Implementing the Affordable Care Act: State Action on Quality Improvement in State-Based Marketplaces. New York: Commonwealth Fund, 2014. http://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/issue-briefs/2014/jul/state-action-quality-improvement-marketplaces
Committee on Diagnostic Errors in Medicine. Diagnostic Error in Medicine. Washington, DC: Institute of Medicine, 2014. http://www.iom.edu/activities/quality/diagnosticerrormedicine.aspx
Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence: A Compendium of Action Guides 2014. Chicago: American Hospital Association, 2014. www.hpoe.org/2014hpoecompendium
Playbook for the Successful Elimination of Early Elective Deliveries. Washington: National Quality Forum, 2014. http://www.qualityforum.org/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=77396
Molpus, J. Emergency department efficiency. HealthLeaders;16(10):57-59, Dec. 2013.
Toussaint, J.S., and Berry, L.L. Leadership lessons from lean. Trustee;66(10):21-24, Nov.-Dec. 2013.
Marmor, Y.N., Kemp, B.J., and others. Improving patient access in nuclear medicine: a case study of PET scanner scheduling. Quality Management in Health Care;22(4):293-305, Oct.-Dec. 2013.
Best practices: sustainable quality improvement at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Urgent Matters E-Newsletter. 10(3):Fall 2013. http://urgentmatters.org/e-newsletter/current_issue/BP.10.3?utm_source=E-Newsletter+Volume+10%2C+Issue+3&utm_campaign=UA-33989322-1&utm_medium=email
Roh, C-Y., Moon, M.J., and Jung, K. Efficiency disparities among community hospitals in Tennessee: do size, location, ownership, and network matter? Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved;24(4):1816-1834, Nov. 2013.
Blomberg, A.L. 7 ways to scrub inefficiency from the OR. American Society of Anesthesiologists Newsletter;77(10):36-37, Oct. 2013.
Comprehensive dashboards paint a fuller picture of OR performance. OR Manager;29(10):18-20, Oct. 2013.
Jweinat, J., Morris, V., and others. The Safe Patient Flow Initiative: a collaborative quality improvement journey at Yale-New Haven Hospital. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety;39(10):447-459, Oct. 2013.
Millenson, M. The Long Wait For Medical Excellence. Health Affairs. 32(10): 1757-1760, Oct. 2013. http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/abstract/32/10/1757?etoc
Chassin, M. Improving The Quality Of Health Care: What's Taking So Long? Health Affairs. 32(10): 1761-1765, Oct. 2013. http://content.healthaffairs.org/cgi/content/abstract/32/10/1761?etoc
McHugh, M.D., Kelly, L.A., and others. Lower mortality in magnet hospitals. Medical Care;51(5):382-388, May 2013. Reprinted in: JONA. Journal of Nursing Administration;43(10, Supplement):S4-S10, Oct. 2013.
McHugh, M.D., and Ma, C. Hospital nursing and 30-day readmissions among Medicare patients with heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, and pneumonia. Medical Care;51(1):52-59, Jan. 2013. Reprinted in: JONA. Journal of Nursing Administration;43(10, Supplement):S11-S18, Oct. 2013.
Kallal, C., and Carvalho, A. Effective strategy to reduce Medicare length of stay with a voluntary medical staff model. PEJ. Physician Executive;39(5):20-24, 26, 28, Sept.-Oct. 2013.
DelliFraine, J.L., and others. The use of six sigma in health care management: are we using it to its full potential? Quality Management in Health Care;22(3):210-223, July-Sept. 2013.
Letourneau, R. Hospital finance, quality team up for better profit margins. HealthLeaders Media. Aug. 12, 2013. http://www.healthleadersmedia.com/content/FIN-295108/Hospital-Finance-Quality-Team-Up-for-Better-Profit-Margins##
Barr, P. Lessons from a quest for quality winner. Hospitals & Health Networks. Aug. 07, 2013. http://www.hhnmag.com/hhnmag/HHNDaily/HHNDailyDisplay.dhtml?id=4620008303&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=general
Hospital operations management. H&HN. Hospitals & Health Networks;87(8):50-59, Aug. 2013.
Saver, C. Three-part strategy suggested to improve patient throughput. OR Manager;29(8):1, 9-11, Aug. 2013.
Molpus, J. Redesigning ED throughput. HealthLeaders;16(6):67-68,70, July-Aug. 2013.
Sheilds, J.A., and Jennings, J.L. Using the Malcolm Baldrige “Are We Making Progress” survey for organizational self-assessment and performance improvement. Journal for Healthcare Quality;35(4):5-15, July/Aug. 2013.
Blouin, A.S. High reliability: truly achieving healthcare quality and safety. Frontiers of Health Services Management;29(3):35-40, Spring 2013.
Kaplan, G.S. Pursuing the perfect patient experience. Frontiers of Health Services Management;29(3):17-27, Spring 2013.
Royer, T.C. Adapting to the new healthcare market. Frontiers of Health Services Management;29(3):28-34, Spring 2013.
Studer, Q. Making lean process last: why sustaining excellence requires the right leadership framework. Frontiers of Health Services Management;29(3):41-46, Spring 2013.
Toussaint, J. A management, leadership, and board road map to transforming care for patients. Frontiers of Health Services Management;29(3):3-15, Spring 2013.
Spicer, D. How to engage physician in lean processes. Hospitals & Health Networks. July 30, 2013. http://www.hhnmag.com/hhnmag/HHNDaily/HHNDailyDisplay.dhtml?id=6480001561
Neff, R. Saving on new equipment. Hospitals & Health Network. June 20, 2013. http://www.hhnmag.com/hhnmag/HHNDaily/HHNDailyDisplay.dhtml?id=8700008516
Hospitals use paramedics to help improve efficiencies in the ED. H&HN. Hospitals & Health Networks. 87(6):20, June 2013.
Efficiency soars in wake of strategic OR cultural changes. OR Manager. 29(6):17-19, June 2013.
DeLellis, N.O., and Ozcan, Y.A. Quality outcomes among efficient and inefficient nursing homes: a national study. Health Care Management Review. 38(2):156-165, Apr.-June 2013.
Nayar, P., and others. Benchmarking urban acute care hospitals: efficiency and quality perspectives. Health Care Management Review;38(2):137-145, Apr.-June 2013.
The right strategies can help increase OR utilization. OR Manager;29(5):21-22, 24, May 2013.
Partnership for Sustainable Health Care. Princeton, NJ: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Apr. 2013. http://rwjf.org/content/dam/farm/reports/reports/2013/rwjf405432
Better business performance is a critical competency. OR Manager;29(4):20-22, Apr. 2013.
Mathias, J.M. Phone calls go away with a low-cost tracking system. OR Manager;29(4):18-19, Apr. 2013.
Brackett, T., Comer, L. Whichello, R. Do lean practices lead to more time at the bedside? Journal for Healthcare Quality;35(2):7-14, Mar./Apr. 2013.
Burns, J. Are we on the way to a real ‘learning health care system’? Managed Care;22(2):12-16, Feb. 2013.
Blackmore, C. C., and others. Nurse practitioner-staffed clinic at Virginia Mason improves care and lowers costs for women with benign breast conditions. Health Affairs. 32(1):20-26, Jan. 2013.
Tortorella, F., Ukanowica, D., and Douglas-Ntagha, P. Improving bed turnover time with a bed management system. JONA. The Journal of Nursing Administration;43(1):37-43, Jan. 2013.
Summary Report: Closing the Quality Gap: Revisting the State of the Science. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Jan. 2013. http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/ehc/products/496/1375/ClosingtheQualityGap_SummaryReport_20130109.pdf
Findings and Lessons From the Improving Quality Through Clinician Use of Health IT Grant Initiative. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2013. http://healthit.ahrq.gov/sites/default/files/docs/page/findings-and-lessons-from-the-improving-quality-through-clinician-use-of-health-it.pdf
Lane, D., and others. Small changes produce large gains in efficiency: a case study from Ross Memorial Hospital. Healthcare Quarterly;16(2):31-35, 2013.
Working for Quality. 2013 Annual Progress Report to Congress. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2013. http://www.ahrq.gov/workingforquality/nqs/nqs2013annlrpt.htm
Establishing Transdisciplinary Professionalism for Improving Health Outcomes: Workshop Summary (2013). Atlanta, GA: National Academies Press, 2013. http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18398