-- Hospital-acquired injuries such as fractures, dislocations,
intracranial injuries, crushing injuries and burns.
"We are listening to our members, business coalitions, and our key accounts who want to know their health plan is looking out for them," said Leslie Margolin, president of Anthem Blue Cross. "As a strong advocate for patient safety, Anthem firmly believes that putting processes in place that focus on preventing these events can have an immediate impact on health care safety and quality."
Anthem Blue Cross is in the early stages of implementation. This allows the company to work alongside hospitals to address the preventability of these events as soon as possible and continue to monitor the activities related to the list of events from the federal, state and private payers, and make adjustments as necessary and appropriate.
Anthem Blue Cross has long been committed to promoting patient safety
-- Inclusion of patient safety metrics in Anthem Blue Cross's Quality-in-
Sights Hospital Incentive Program as well as the Member Health Index
(MHI) program, the first program in the industry to track and compare
the collective health of all health plan members based on 20 clinical
areas and 40 separate component measures;
-- Support of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's (IHI) 5 Million
Lives campaign, a voluntary initiative to protect patients from five
million incidents of medical harm through December 2008; and
-- Participation in Leapfrog's patient safety survey to reduce preventable
medical mistakes and improve the quality and affordability of health
"Anthem Blue Cross's efforts to concentrate on patient safety and work
toward eliminating avoidable hospital errors are commendable and
commensurate with our goals for a safer health care system that must
realign itself to pay on the basis of sa
|SOURCE Anthem Blue Cross|
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved