Dr. Alan Greenspan, Top Health Care Authorities Discuss Clinical, Financial
and Operational Solutions to Growing Patient Safety Issue
DUBLIN, Ohio, June 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In a move that reflects its continued commitment to fighting the spread and impact of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs), Cardinal Health announced today that it will host the inaugural Chasing Zero Summit.
The event will focus on the leadership and operational issues that the health care industry is facing as it pushes for a zero-tolerance approach for HAIs. The event features an intimate, in-depth and candid question-and-answer session with influential economic leader and chairman of the Federal Reserve System (1987-2006), Dr. Alan Greenspan.
The summit will also feature a series of HAI-focused topical sessions and presentations led by the country's foremost health authorities, including the chief executive officers of the National Quality Forum (NQF), the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the Leapfrog Group; chief patient safety officer of the Joint Commission and director of the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), among others.
Attendees will also be among the first to hear Dr. Thomas Valuck, medical officer and senior advisor for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Center for Medicare Management, address the August 2008 CMS policy release, which will identify the final HAIs that will have new, lower reimbursements starting Oct. 1.
The Chasing Zero Summit will take place Sept. 8-10, 2008 at the Hilton Washington in Washington D.C. Hospital executives, board members, health care professionals, insurance company representatives and governing agencies can register and learn more at http://www.chasingzero.com/HAI
HAIs are a major concern for health care organizations because of their
staggering human toll and significant economic impact. It has been
estimated that in the United States:
-- HAIs occur in 1.7 million patients annually and account for 50 percent
of all major hospital complications;(1)
-- Nearly 100,000 patients with HAIs die each year, approximately 270
patients per day;(2)
-- Hospital infections are associated with nearly $20 billion in avoidable
costs and foregone revenues every year;(3)
Summit attendees will leave armed with the information they need to lead effective HAI management programs and to be better prepared for pending HAI reimbursement changes from CMS.
The event will bring health care industry leaders together to share
information, engage in strategic discussions and stimulate thought
regarding the future management of HAIs. Key panelists and speakers
-- Alan Greenspan, Ph.D., chairman, Federal Reserve System (1987-2006)
-- Peter Angood, M.D., FRCS(C), FACS, FCCM, vice president and chief
patient safety officer of the Joint Commission
-- Donald M. Berwick, M.D., MPP, president and CEO of the Institute for
Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
-- Leah Binder, MA, MGA, CEO of The Leapfrog Group
-- Mark R. Chassin, M.D., MPP, MPH, president of the Joint Commission
-- Carolyn Clancy, M.D., director of the Agency for Healthcare Research &
-- Janet M. Corrigan, Ph.D., MBA, president and CEO of the National
Quality Forum (NQF)
-- David R. Hunt, M.D., FACS, chief medical officer (CMO) in the Office of
Health IT Adoption for the Office of the National Coordinator for
Health Information Technology (ONC) in the Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS) -- Mark McClellan, M.D., Ph.D., director, Engelberg Center for Health Care
Reform at the Brookings Institution; Leonard D. Schaeffer chair in
health policy studies; administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services'(CMS) (2004 - 2006); and commissioner, Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) (2002 - 2004)
-- Uwe E. Reinhardt, Ph.D., James Madison professor of political
economics, Princeton University
-- Thomas Valuck, M.D., MHSA, JD, medical officer and senior advisor of
the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Center for
Sept. 8-10, 2008
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
Hospital executives, board members, health care professionals, insurance company representatives and governing agencies can register and learn more at http://www.chasingzero.com/HAI
About Cardinal Health
Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is an
$87 billion, global company serving the health care industry with products
and services that help hospitals, physician offices and pharmacies reduce
costs, improve safety, productivity and profitability, and deliver better
care to patients. With a focus on making supply chains more efficient,
reducing hospital-acquired infections and breaking the cycle of harmful
medication errors, Cardinal Health develops market-leading technologies,
including Alaris(R) IV pumps, Pyxis(R) automated dispensing systems,
MedMined(TM) electronic infection surveillance service, VIASYS(R)
respiratory care products and the CareFusion(TM) patient identification
system. The company also manufactures medical and surgical products and is
one of the largest distributors of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies
worldwide. Ranked No. 19 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more
than 40,000 people on five continents. More information about the company
may be found at http://www.cardinalhealth.com
(1) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health focus
surveillance: prevention and control of nosocomial infections.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 1992; 41:783-7.
(2) Klevens, et al. Estimating Health Care-Associated Infections and
Deaths in U.S. Hospitals, 2002. Public Health Reports, March-April
2007, Vol 122, pp. 160-166.
(3) Cardinal Health analysis of 3.1 million admissions across 100
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