-- Blood incompatibility;
-- Catheter-associated urinary tract infection;
-- Decubitus (pressure) ulcers;
-- Vascular catheter-associated infection;
-- Mediastinitis (an infection inside the chest) after coronary artery
bypass graft (CABG) surgery; and
-- 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 Dr. Jaeger. "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 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 has long been committed to promoting patient safety including:
-- Inclusion of patient safety metrics in Anthem's 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 care.
"The Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) is pleased tha
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