Health plans regard patient safety as a top priority under their
quality improvement strategies. They have developed and implemented several
approaches to improve patient safety and increase awareness of safety-related
issues. Many of these efforts have targeted reductions in health care-acquired
infections and avoidance of never events. These approaches include use of
evidence-based care to prevent infections and improve safety during surgical
procedures; incentivizing hospitals for the reduction of hospital-acquired
conditions and infections; tracking and reporting infection rates; and
enhancing their quality improvement and monitoring programs.
Partnerships for Patients
This report highlights 16 health plans’ efforts to prevent healthcare-acquired conditions, help patients transition smoothly from hospital to home, and manage chronic conditions effectively to avoid complications and preventable readmissions.
Washington, DC – Evidence continues to mount that far too many patients are harmed as the result of preventable events that occur during the course of receiving medical care. In fact, a just-released report published in Health Affairs finds that errors and adverse events occur in one in three hospital admissions.
This survey of health plans, representing more than 95,000,000 covered lives, highlights the scope and variety of programs and initiatives targeting quality improvement. The survey data, collected in 2009, demonstrate health plan activities and programs that improve quality of care, patient safety, and reduce costs to the health care system.
Health insurance plans across the country have observed several alarming trends with respect to high-tech imaging and implemented radiology benefit management programs to address patient safety, quality and waste. Ensuring Quality through Appropriate Use of Diagnostic Imaging is a white paper supporting and highlighting health insurance plan strategies that are working to address the quality, patient safety, and cost issues that our nation faces in the use of high tech imaging.
(Washington, DC) -Today, America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) joined other stakeholders, including major physician, consumer, employer, labor, and quality groups in supporting a standard set of guiding principles on physician performance measurement and reporting. These principles, which lay out best practices for health plans, employers, coalitions, and state governments with performance measurement and reporting systems, are outlined in the Patient Charter developed by the Consumer-Purchaser Disclosure Project.
This report published by AHIP’s Readiness Task Force assembles some of the best practices and procedures employed by health plans in emergency preparedness and contingency planning.
This page provides information from government agencies, the private sector, and other organizations working to improve preparedness and response to infectious outbreaks.
This report highlights 16 health plans’
efforts to prevent healthcare-acquired conditions, help
patients transition smoothly from hospital to home, and
manage chronic conditions effectively to avoid
complications and preventable readmissions.