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Quantifying low-value care: a patient-centric versus service-centric lens

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Low-value healthcare has been defined as care that is inappropriate for a specific clinical indication, inappropriate for a clinical indication in a specific population or an excessive frequency of services relative to expected benefit.1 Quantifying the prevalence of low-value healthcare informs clinicians and health policy makers on the use and associations of unwarranted care.2 In this Viewpoint, we clarify the approaches used in the literature for measuring and reporting the level of low-value care in a given population. Categorising low-value service measures depends on the denominator used. Future analyses should consider using all types of measures when possible, or explain why it is not practical or desirable to do so, and at the very least describe for the reader which measure has been used, as this can dramatically impact interpretation of the results.

Low-value care: listed and (variably) measured

Defining, quantifying and reducing low-value...

Join IHI for Annual Conference on Improving Health and Health Care

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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement, newly merged with the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), and thousands of physicians, nurses, quality leaders, administrators, front-line staff, researchers, public health and community leaders, quality and safety professionals, patients and patient advocates, and students sharing new approaches to improving the health and health care of patients and communities.

IHI Announces Safety Culture and Technology Innovator Award Recipients

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A pioneer in the use of medical simulation and a team that introduced a hospital-wide, automated hand hygiene monitoring program have been chosen to receive the 2017 IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Medtronic Safety Culture & Technology Innovator Awards. The awards will be conferred on September 28 at the 10th Annual IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute Forum & Keynote Dinner in Newton, Massachusetts.

IHI/NPSF Project Seeks to Improve Assessment and Management of Acute Pain

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The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), which merged with the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) in May, has received support from Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to develop a tool to help reduce harm to patients from the over administering of opioids to treat acute pain. The tool will specifically address patients being treated in inpatient and emergency department settings.

IHI Board of Directors Adds New Members, Appoints New Board Chair

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As part of the National Patient Safety Foundation’s (NPSF) recent merger with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), IHI today announced the appointment of four former NPSF Board members to the IHI Board of Directors. New members of the IHI Board include Ann Scott Blouin, RN, PhD, FACHE, Executive Vice President, Customer Relations, The Joint Commission; Gerald B. Hickson, MD, Senior Vice President, Quality, Safety, & Risk Prevention, Joseph C. Ross Chair in Medical Education and Administration, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Mary Beth Navarra-Sirio, RN, MBA, Principal, Sirio2 Healthcare Innovations; and Sam R. Watson, MSA, CPPS, Senior Vice President, Patient Safety and Quality, Michigan Health & Hospital Association (MHA) Keystone Center. In addition, current board member, Michael Dowling, President and Chief Executive Officer, Northwell Health, assumes the role of IHI Board Chair, previously held by Gary S. Kaplan, MD, Chairman and CEO, Virginia Mason Health System.

Breaking the Rules and Shaping the Future of Health Care

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Members of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Leadership Alliance are convinced that with or without formal changes in federal law, health care organizations must act to improve care and reduce health care costs. That’s why leaders from more than 40 health systems across the US and Canada have been working together to develop fresh ideas and to keep the momentum going on improving quality in health care.


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