29 Apr 2011
Last week we examined the increased emphasis on
pay-for-performance mechanisms under the new Affordable Care Act, including the
ties between pay-for-performance and reporting of outcomes measures.
25 Apr 2011
World Malaria Day 2011 is
a time to reflect on the global effort to control and eliminate malaria, a
disease that affects 108 countries around the world, infects more than 250
million people, and kills an average of 850,000 annually. Ninety percent of
these deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa among children younger than five years
22 Apr 2011
With the unveiling of the new
Partnership for Patients Initiative last week and elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
kicking into full swing, there’s an optimism circling the U.S.
14 Apr 2011
A week has passed since World Health Day launched a year-long focus on antimicrobial resistance as a global health issue. As a result of WHD 2011 activities, considerable
attention has been brought to the issue of antibiotic resistance, in particular—both to the
need for new antibiotics to treat resistant infections and to the need to
implement antibiotic stewardship practices.
12 Apr 2011
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, flanked by leaders of
major hospitals, private companies, and medical associations, unveiled Partnership
for Patients – an initiative that aims to improve healthcare quality by
integration of patient care, widescale implementation of evidence-based best
practices for reducing medical errors and adverse events, and utilization of
health information technology.
Concretely, the initiative has two initial aspirations: reducing