Fundamentals of Health Care Improvement A Guide to

Research is proving that quality improvement (QI) initiatives are more successful when implemented with an interprofessional approach. Authored by a team of physicians and nurses, the second edition of Fundamentals of Health Care Improvements is grounded in this principle. Charting a course for future health care professionals, the book provides a single source for nursing students, medical students, and resident physicians to learn and practice the basics of QI. The following special features of this updated edition prepare readers to be advanced beginners in QI: Methods for identifying and closing the quality gap and improving patient safety. Instruction on how find, evaluate, and apply scientific evidence for improving care. Discussion of communication, teamwork and an interprofessional approach. description of process literacy and a variety of process modeling/mapping procedures. Comparisons between and practical applications of types of measurement. Interviews with well respected change agents about their QI success stories. Teacher's Guide chapter with activities for medical and nursing students. ....read more

Lean Hospitals Improving Quality Patient Safety and Employee

Building on the success of the Shingo Prize-Winning first edition, Lean Hospitals: Improving Quality, Patient Safety, and Employee Engagement, Second Edition explains how to use the Lean management system to improve safety, quality, access, and morale while reducing costs. Lean healthcare expert Mark Graban examines the challenges facing today’s health systems, including rising costs, falling reimbursement rates, employee retention, and patient safety.

The new edition of this international bestseller begins with an overview of Lean methods. It explains how Lean practices such as value stream mapping and process observation can help reduce wasted motion for caregivers, prevent delays for patients, and improve the long-term health of your organization. In addition to a new introduction from John Toussaint, this updated edition includes:

  • New and updated material on identifying waste, A3 problem solving, employee suggestion management, and strategy deployment
  • New case studies—including a new Kanban case study (Northampton General Hospital) and another that ties together the themes of standardized work, Kanban, 5S, visual management, and Lean leadership for the prevention of patient harm
  • New examples and updated data throughout, including revised chapters on patient safety and preventing medical errors

Detailing the steps needed for a successful transition to a Lean culture, the book provides the understanding of Lean practices—including standardized work, error proofing, root cause problem solving, and daily improvement processes—needed to reduce common hospital errors. The balanced approach outlined in this book will guide you through the process of improving quality of service while reducing costs in your hospital.

*The Lean Certification and Oversight Appeals committee has approved Lean Hospitals as recommended reading for those in pursuit of Lean Bronze Certification from SME, AME, Shingo Prize, and ASQ.

Check out a video of Mark Graban discussing the new edition of his Shingo Prize-Winning Book.

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Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Concepts of Care in

Rely on the distinctive voice and dedicated vision of Mary C. Townsend to provide the most clearly written, comprehensive text for psychiatric mental health nursing. Its evidence-based, holistic approach to nursing practice focuses on both biological and behavioral components.

The 8th Edition of this popular text delivers even more of what nursing students need to meet the challenges of health care today. Completely revised and updated throughout, it reflects all of the new knowledge in the field and the practice of mental health nursing today, including DSM-5, NANDA-I 2012-2014, and QSEN.

The Plus Code, inside new, printed texts, unlocks a wealth of instructor and student resources online at DavisPlus, including Davis Digital Version, your complete text online, Student Question Bank, Electronic Workbook, and Interactive Clinical Scenarios.

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Quality Improvement in Primary Care

This book provides readers with an invaluable set of tools to convert the endless challenges for quality and myriad opportunities for improvement into meaningful and useful change. It begins by considering how to manage primary care organisations in order to improve quality of care. Patient perspectives on quality are examined initially, moving onto market mechanisms and commissioning
which are increasingly being used as levers for change. It also considers how general practices are regulated and held accountable for the quality of the services they provide.

All healthcare professionals work within teams, organisations and the wider health system. How these are designed and managed greatly determines individual and team effectiveness. Reflecting on this, leadership, management and the right organisational culture are reviewed. Prompts for personal refl ection are included throughout the book, enabling practitioners and students to use personal experiences to transform the services provided. It also explores various techniques used for assessing and measuring quality of care, commonly used quality improvement frameworks along with the burgeoning sciences of process control, systems and spread. Quality Improvement in Primary Care is a highly practical introductory
primer for quality improvement, relevant to every individual working and learning in primary healthcare and the wider health service.

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Quality And Performance Improvement In Healthcare A Tool

Weber Univ., Ogden, UT. Textbook presents a comprehensive introduction to the theory, practice, and management of performance and quality improvement processes in healthcare. Provides a basic background in performance improvement philosophy and methodology for healthcare practice today. Previous edition not cited. Softcover. ....read more

The Health Care Handbook A Clear and Concise

An astonishingly clear 'user's manual' that explains our health care system and the policies that will change it. Pauline Chen, MD - The New York Times

The 2nd edition of the best-selling practical, neutral, and readable overview of the US health care system is now available. This updated edition of the Health Care Handbook covers:

• New sections on health IT, team-based care and health care quality
• A clear summary of health policy and the Affordable Care Act
• Inpatient & outpatient health care and delivery systems
• Health insurance and the factors that make health care so expensive
• Concise summaries of 32 different health professions
• Medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and the research world
• And much, much more

The Handbook is the one-stop guide to the people, organizations and industries that make up the U.S. health care system and major issues the system faces today. It is rigorously researched and scrupulously unbiased yet written in a conversational and humorous tone that's a pleasure to read and illuminates the convoluted health care system and its many components. The Handbook is now used by hundreds of academic programs and health care companies.

Each section of the book includes an introduction to the key facts and foundations that make the health care system work along with balanced analyses of the major challenges and controversies within health care, including medical errors, government regulation, medical malpractice, and much more. Suggested readings are included for readers who wish to learn more about specific topics.

The book succeeds in making sense of health care without opinion, bias, or dense textbook language. - Booklist ....read more

Root Cause Analysis and Improvement in the Healthcare

Healthcare organizations and professionals have long needed a straightforward workbook to facilitate the process of root cause analysis (RCA). This is that book. In a workbook-style format, it walks through the RCA process step-by-step, with a wide range of real-world examples. It includes up-to-date information on the use of RCA in satisfying mandatory reporting requirements, and slays the myth that the process is onerous and fraught with barriers. Both print and (on an accompanying CD-ROM) electronic worksheets and templates are provided for the reader s use. The insights are equally applicable to acute care hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, long-term care facilities, outpatient surgery centers, ambulatory services, and general office practices. It is organized so as to be used by the most naive of users for the most basic RCA issues, and there is also a separate section for more advanced users or more complex issues. Also included is an adaptable, ready-to-use presentation with scripting to aid readers in explaining RCA, garnering support for the use of its techniques, and training others. ....read more

Where Does It Hurt An Entrepreneur’s Guide to

A bold new remedy for the sprawling and wasteful health care industry

Where else but the doctor’s office do you have to fill out a form on a clipboard? Have you noticed that hospital bills are almost unintelligible, except for the absurdly high dollar amount? Why is it that technology in other industries drives prices down, but in health care it’s the reverse? And why, in health care, is the customer so often treated as a mere bystander—and an ignorant one at that?

The same American medical establishment that saves lives and performs wondrous miracles is also a $2.7 trillion industry in deep dysfunction. And now, with the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), it is called on to extend full benefits to tens of millions of newly insured. You might think that this would leave us with a bleak choice— either to devote more of our national budget to health care or to make do with less of it. But there’s another path.

In this provocative book, Jonathan Bush, cofounder and CEO of athenahealth, calls for a revolution in health care to give customers more choices, freedom, power, and information, and at far lower prices. With humor and a tell-it-likeit- is style, he picks up insights and ideas from his days as an ambulance driver in New Orleans, an army medic, and an entrepreneur launching a birthing start-up in San Diego. In struggling to save that dying business, Bush’s team created a software program that eventually became athenahealth, a cloud-based services company that handles electronic medical records, billing, and patient communications for more than fifty thousand medical providers nationwide.

Bush calls for disruption of the status quo through new business models, new payment models, and new technologies that give patients more control of their care and enhance the physicianpatient experience. He shows how this is already happening. From birthing centers in Florida to urgent care centers in West Virginia, upstarts are disrupting health care by focusing on efficiency, innovation, and customer service. Bush offers a vision and plan for change while bringing a breakthrough perspective to the debates surrounding Obamacare.

You’ll learn how:
• Well-intended government regulations prop up overpriced incumbents and slow the pace of innovation.
• Focused, profit-driven disrupters are chipping away at the dominance of hospitals by offering routine procedures at lower cost.
• Scrappy digital start-ups are equipping providers and patients with new apps and technologies to access medical data and take control of care.
• Making informed choices about the care we receive and pay for will enable a more humane and satisfying health care system to emerge.

Bush’s plan calls for Americans not only to demand more from providers but also to accept more responsibility for our health, to weigh risks and make hard choices—in short, to take back control of an industry that is central to our lives and our economy. ....read more

America’s Bitter Pill Money Politics BackRoom Deals and

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

America’s Bitter Pill is Steven Brill’s acclaimed book on how the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, was written, how it is being implemented, and, most important, how it is changing—and failing to change—the rampant abuses in the healthcare industry. It’s a fly-on-the-wall account of the titanic fight to pass a 961-page law aimed at fixing America’s largest, most dysfunctional industry. It’s a penetrating chronicle of how the profiteering that Brill first identified in his trailblazing Time magazine cover story continues, despite Obamacare. And it is the first complete, inside account of how President Obama persevered to push through the law, but then failed to deal with the staff incompetence and turf wars that crippled its implementation.
 
But by chance America’s Bitter Pill ends up being much more—because as Brill was completing this book, he had to undergo urgent open-heart surgery. Thus, this also becomes the story of how one patient who thinks he knows everything about healthcare “policy” rethinks it from a hospital gurney—and combines that insight with his brilliant reporting. The result: a surprising new vision of how we can fix American healthcare so that it stops draining the bank accounts of our families and our businesses, and the federal treasury.
 
Praise for America’s Bitter Pill
 
“A tour de force . . . a comprehensive and suitably furious guide to the political landscape of American healthcare . . . persuasive, shocking.”The New York Times
 
“An energetic, picaresque, narrative explanation of much of what has happened in the last seven years of health policy . . . [Brill] has pulled off something extraordinary.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“A thunderous indictment of what Brill refers to as the ‘toxicity of our profiteer-dominated healthcare system.’ ”Los Angeles Times
 
“A sweeping and spirited new book [that] chronicles the surprisingly juicy tale of reform.”The Daily Beast
 
“One of the most important books of our time.”—Walter Isaacson
 
“Superb . . . Brill has achieved the seemingly impossible—written an exciting book about the American health system.”The New York Review of Books ....read more