Michigan Patient Safety and Quality Symposium Focuses on Reducing Variation in Health Care

Sam Watson

This guest post is from Sam R. Watson, senior vice president of Patient Safety and Quality at the Michigan Health & Hospital Association and executive director of the MHA Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality.

The Michigan Health & Hospital Association will host its fourth patient safety and quality symposium, Cohesive Care: Reducing Variation Across the Continuum, April 24 and 25 at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest. This year’s conference will focus on the involvement of key stakeholders in improving systems and ensuring patient health throughout the continuum of care. This symposium will feature many national and international experts, including:

  • Ian Morrison, PhD, internationally known health care futurist, who will examine alternative scenarios for health care reform and the implications for providers across the continuum
  • Dr. Gerald B. Hickson, Joseph C. Ross chair of Medical Education and Administration, professor of Pediatrics and associate professor of Family and Health Systems Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, who will outline the essential elements of an organization’s infrastructure for addressing disruptive behavior
  • Dr. Steven M. Berkowitz, founder and president, SMB Health Consulting, who will discuss how to excel in the pay-for-performance arena
  • Dr. Timothy B. McDonald, JD, chief safety and risk officer for Health Affairs, University of Illinois Medical Center, who will outline the importance of resident physicians reporting adverse events
  • Featured speaker Chip Heath, PhD, co-author of the bestselling book Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard, who will review tweaks in the environment that can create large changes

The early registration discount for the symposium ends today (March 20). Clinical teams across the continuum of care, health care executives, and business leaders are encouraged to register today to take advantage of the discount. Questions about the symposium should be directed to Sam R. Watson and registration questions should be directed to Janice Jones at the MHA.

About the MHA’s Patient Safety and Quality Efforts

Michigan hospitals and health systems have made consistent and significant strides in improving quality and safety, eliminating waste and creating a stronger and more reliable continuum of care. In fact, the voluntary, collaborative and successful efforts of Michigan hospitals and health systems are being exported to other states, allowing hospitals across the nation to bring safer, higher-quality care to all patients.

Currently, the quality and accountability activities coordinated by the association include the MHA Keystone Center for Patient Safety & Quality, an entity dedicated to the implementation of evidence-based best practices; the MHA Patient Safety Organization, a quality data collection and analysis organization; and MI Hospital Inform, a publicly available, comprehensive price and quality information website. Every Michigan hospital is currently participating in one or more quality and accountability effort, demonstrating the unwavering commitment of the MHA and its members to provide the safest, most effective care to all.



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