Institute Experts Contribute to Iowa Healthcare Collaborative Change Package on Diagnostic Error and the Laboratory Testing Process

The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC), through the Compass Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network (HIIN), has released a new change package “Reducing Diagnostic Error-Related to the Laboratory Testing Process.”  MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety leaders including Christine Goeschel, ScD, MPA, MPS, RN, FAAN and David Mayer, MD contributed to the package which is intended to assist hospitals in reducing diagnostic error related to the laboratory testing process through laboratory-driven systems change.  Download the Change Package now at https://www.ihconline.org/compass-hiin/hiin-resources.

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Dr. David Mayer named new CEO of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation

During the 7th Annual Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, Dr. David Mayer, Executive Director of the MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety, was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Patient Safety Movement Foundation (PSMF). PSMF was founded by Joe Kiani, the CEO of medical technology company Masimo, who set a goal to reach zero preventable patient deaths in the U.S. by 2020.

Tina Reed from FierceHealthcare caught up with Dr. Mayer during the summit to discuss his goals for PSMF. Read the full interview here.

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MedStar Health Awarded Grant to Improve Hepatitis C Diagnosis and Treatment

Columbia, MD (December 17, 2018) Diagnosis-related events are the single largest root cause of medical professional liability claims, according to the Coverys report, Dose of Insight: Diagnostic Accuracy – Room for Improvement.  The Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) put out a call to action and distributed a request for proposals for projects focused on improving diagnostic accuracy. The Foundation put aside $3 million in funding for approved projects.  Through this process, the Foundation hoped to stimulate projects that demonstrate new approaches and have the greatest potential to produce replicable processes for achieving prompt and accurate diagnosis.

The Foundation received an overwhelming response to the request for proposals and MedStar Health’s proposal, titled “Improving diagnostic accuracy for Hepatitis C with a validated teach/improve model” was one of the 11 grant recipients selected for funding. 

Chronic hepatitis C viral infection (HCV) has been dubbed the ‘silent killer’ due to its largely asymptomatic nature until progression results in noticeable, often irreversible impact on the patient’s health.  The MedStar project seeks to improve accurate and timely diagnosis of HCV and facilitation of comprehensive treatment within the primary care setting.  The work aligns with goals contained in the Maryland Department of Health Hepatitis C Strategic Plan, which includes a 4-pronged approach that encompasses prevention and education, testing, treatment and strengthening the disease surveillance system.

The project will be led by Dr. Christine Goeschel, assistant vice president for quality at MedStar Health and director, Center for Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare, MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety and Dr. Dawn Fishbein, scientific director, Viral Hepatitis Research, MedStar Health Research Institute.

A list of the 11 grant recipients and their projects can be found here.

For more information on the Foundation, visit www.coverys.com.

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About MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety
The mission of the Medstar Institute for Quality and Safety (MIQS) is to partner with patients, their families, and those that take care of them to improve patient care outcomes and reduce the global burden of preventable harm. Established by Medstar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, MIQS provides a global infrastructure in which leaders, front-line care givers, patients and family members jointly develop, educate, assess, and advocate for patient safety and clinical quality initiatives. For more information, visit www.medstariqs.org.  

About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

About the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc.
The Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation, Inc. provides grant funding and donations to organizations and innovative programs that improve patient care and safety, promote healthy lifestyles, and support individuals and organizations providing healthcare services. The development of the Foundation exemplifies Coverys’ dedication to being an affirmative and active corporate citizen in the healthcare community and the communities in which it operates.

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Dr. Chris Goeschel Featured in Expert Panel to Combat Diagnostic Error

The Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority convened a panel of some of the nation’s top experts in the field to discuss how to improve the diagnostic process. Featured on the panel was Dr. Christine Goeschel, Director, MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety, Center for Improving Diagnosis in Healthcare. The panel discussed a broad range of topics, including whether the current payment system is structured in a manner that prevents diagnostic error, what influence the fear of malpractice cases has over providers, and how much responsibility is appropriate for patients to assume.  Read more.

MedStar Health Honored for Eliminating Patient Deaths

The Patient Safety Movement Foundation teamed up with the Carter Foundation for the fourth consecutive year in an initiative to eliminate patient deaths and awarded three hospitals based on their commitment to save the most lives. The prize is a private fishing trip with former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter. This year’s top three hospitals are: 1. MedStar Health (Columbia, Md.). Saved 225 lives. 2. Parrish Medical Center (Titusville, Fla.). Saved 110 lives. 3. Intermountain Healthcare (Salt Lake City.). Saved 75 lives.  Read more.

MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety Announces Six New Faculty Appointments

Columbia, MD (September 26, 2018) — The MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety is pleased to announce the appointment of six new faculty members. Individuals with faculty appointments join a diverse community of patient safety and healthcare quality advocates and leaders who are developing and implementing programs that advance healthcare quality and ensure the safety and wellbeing of patients, their families and healthcare staff.

The six new faculty appointments consist of three core appointments and three associate appointments. Core Faculty make substantial time commitments to advancing the mission of the Institute and represent local, national and international leaders in quality, patient safety, healthcare education, patient advocacy, and policy development. Associate Faculty are employees or credentialed staff affiliated with MedStar Health who are subject matter experts and seasoned practitioners who are advancing their expertise in the areas of healthcare quality and safety. 

The six new Institute faculty members are:

Core Faculty:

  • Bonnie Levin, PharmD, MBA, assistant vice president, Pharmacy Services, MedStar Health
  • Nargiz Muganlinskaya, MD, MMS, FACP, associate program director, MedStar Health Internal Medicine Residency
  • Emilie Murray, MD, JD, MPH, FCLM, attending physician and patient safety operations coordinator, MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

Associate Faculty:

  • Cory Feldman, BS, administrative officer, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
  • Tony Calabria, MA, CPHQ, CSSBB, clinical quality & regulatory programs director, MedStar Health
  • Lynne Karanfil, RN, MA, CIC, FAPIC, director for Infection Prevention, MedStar Health

 “Each new faculty member brings to the Institute a unique background, expertise and passion for making health care safer,” said David Mayer, MD, vice president of Quality and Safety for MedStar Health. “We are extremely honored to welcome this diverse and accomplished team of faculty to our Institute. As faculty members, they will be able to further enhance their individual knowledge and skill while collaborating with international leaders in the fields of patient safety and clinical quality.”

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About MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety
The mission of the Medstar Institute for Quality and Safety (MIQS) is to partner with patients, their families, and those that take care of them to improve patient care outcomes and reduce the global burden of preventable harm. Established by Medstar Health, the largest healthcare provider in Maryland and the Washington, D.C., region, MIQS provides a global infrastructure in which leaders, front-line care givers, patients and family members jointly develop, educate, assess, and advocate for patient safety and clinical quality initiatives. For more information, visit www.medstariqs.org.  

About MedStar Health
MedStar Health is a not-for-profit health system dedicated to caring for people in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. region, while advancing the practice of medicine through education, innovation and research. MedStar’s 30,000 associates, 6,000 affiliated physicians, 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, and the MedStar Health Research Institute are recognized regionally and nationally for excellence in medical care. As the medical education and clinical partner of Georgetown University, MedStar trains more than 1,100 medical residents annually. MedStar Health’s patient-first philosophy combines care, compassion and clinical excellence with an emphasis on customer service. For more information, visit MedStarHealth.org.

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