Infection Report Released Tomorrow and Webinar on Better Care and Lower Costs

The Department of Public Health will release its latest public report on healthcare-associated infections at the Public Health Council meeting on Wednesday morning. Under state law, the Department is required to issue reports on infection rates at hospitals across Massachusetts. Health Care For All and the Consumer Health Quality Council advocated for the mandate and are looking forward to seeing this year’s report. The Department has put much time and energy into making the report more accessible and understandable for consumers while also making it a useful tool for hospitals’ quality improvement work. Public Health Council meetings are open to the public and take place starting at 9am at DPH, 250 Washington Street, 2nd floor. Once the report is on-line, look for a summary blog with a link. (See the full agenda for tomorrow’s meeting (pdf)).

Also, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement is hosting another in its series of webinars (called WIHIs) this Thursday at 2:00pm. The featured speakers are Don Berwick, former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and former leader of IHI, and Gerald Shea, Assistant to the President for External Affairs, AFL-CIO. They will be discussing how better care and quality improvements can result in lower costs. The webinar is free but you need to register ahead of time to participate.
-Deb Wachenheim

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