The call for improved quality dominates the health care landscape. The Institute of Medicine’s Crossing the Quality Chasm, a dramatic increase in transparency, the advent of pay for performance and the 100,000 Lives Campaign are pressing all types of health care providers to make powerful improvements in quality and safety. For hospitals, these demands have particular significance because of the unique role physicians play in delivering care. It is the physicians who admit patients, order services and discharge patients. Virtually everything that happens in a hospital is ultimately derivative of a physician’s order.
In Common Cause for Quality, Part 1
New Hospital-Physician Collaborations