New Premier Healthcare Alliance Webinar Series Addresses Patient Experience, Harm and Readmissions

Alliance experts will also speak around the country in October discussing integrated care, technology and risk management

CHARLOTTE, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Premier healthcare alliance is hosting a new webinar series that addresses six key evidence-based metrics for healthcare performance improvement.

The complimentary Advisor Live® webinar series focuses on six proven metrics, including patient experience, harm, mortality, cost, evidence-based care, and readmissions in Premier’s QUEST®: High Performing Hospitals collaborative. These metrics have helped hospitals achieve top performance levels. Upcoming webinars include:

  • October 5: “Creating an Award-Winning Patient Experience.” Executives from Bethesda North Hospital will share strategies that helped them win one of the 2011 QUEST Awards for High Value Healthcare.
  • October 19: “Minimum Expectations for Safe Care Across the Continuum: New Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guide for Infection Prevention.” CDC Prevention team leader, Joseph F. Perz, Dr, PH, MA, will discuss the need for better infection prevention across the entire healthcare system, including all outpatient settings.
  • October 27: “Harm and Mortality Measurement and Improvement.” Donald Goldmann, M.D., senior vice president, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, will share best practices for reducing harm and mortality.

In just 30 months of QUEST, members have saved 25,235 lives while reducing costs by $2.85 billion – or enough to pay the salaries of 200,000 primary care physicians. Overall, 63,094 patients have received the high quality, evidenced-based care they deserve.

Alliance experts will also speak around the country in October discussing integrated care, reform, technology, risk and labor management, and supply chain leadership.

Susan DeVore, Premier president and CEO, will be a keynote speaker at the IHA Bundled Payment Summit in Washington, D.C. on October 13. She will discuss re-crafting healthcare to operate an efficient integrated care delivery system that supports the health of people in communities. Wes Champion, senior vice president of Premier Performance Partners, will also speak during the Summit on October 14 addressing the need for strong measurement across the continuum of care.

Alliance members are preparing for integrated, accountable care using Premier data analytics and by participating in collaboratives such as PACT (Premier's Partnership for Care Transformation™) and QUEST.

Additionally, DeVore will speak at the 2011 Southeast Healthcare Provider Conference in Charlotte, N.C. on October 11. She will address integrated care delivery alongside Congresswoman Sue Myrick of North Carolina.

Vice President of Premier Performance Partners, Barbara Gray, will speak at the Scottsdale Institute in Indianapolis on October 6. She will discuss ways that health systems can prepare for and succeed in providing integrated care.

Denise Hatzidakis, Premier chief technology officer, will speak during IBM’s Information on Demand Conference in Las Vegas on October 25. She will explain how to close the healthcare communication gap and improve care in real time through healthcare information technology (HIT) by leveraging insights, generating innovation and transparency, and defining a clear, custom path for execution. She will also discuss the importance of HIT to drive transformation and growth during a webinar hosted by InformationWeek and IBM on October 13. Premier was recently ranked 59 on InformationWeek’s list of the top 500 technology innovators in the nation.

On October 12, Premier Vice President of Contract Uptake and Supplier Relations, Dave Edwards, and Senior Vice President of Group Purchasing, John Biggers, will discuss the state of the industry and health reform at a HIGPA meeting in Washington, D.C.

Jan Englert, RN, Premier director of QUEST and client services, and Marti Cramer, Premier program director, will speak during HFMA’s Eastern Michigan Fall Conference in Southfield on October 7. They will discuss best practices for labor management in a reform environment.

Additionally, Englert will explain ways to improve healthcare quality based on results from Premier’s QUEST collaborative during HFMA’s Nebraska meeting on October 19. On October 4, she will speak at a Risk Management Conference in Madison, Miss., discussing how to prevent hospital-acquired conditions following QUEST members’ guidelines and key metrics to success. She will also address process improvements for high value healthcare at the Mississippi Association for Healthcare Quality on October 14.

Brent Hardaway, Premier vice president of engagement and delivery, will give an overview of health reform during an HFMA Midwest webinar on October 18.

On October 11, Chris Brucciani, Premier vice president of underwriting, will speak at the Self-insurance Institute of America in Phoenix. He will discuss how participating in a successful risk retention group has financial, insurance, quality improvement, benchmarking, and educational benefits.

Also on that day, Premier Principal Performance Partner, Keith Ferguson, will speak at the Kentucky Healthcare Coalition Conference in Louisville. He will address supply chain leadership for effective performance improvement.

About the Premier healthcare alliance, Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient

Premier is a performance improvement alliance of more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals and 77,000-plus other healthcare sites using the power of collaboration to lead the transformation to high quality, cost-effective care. Owned by hospitals, health systems and other providers, Premier maintains the nation's most comprehensive repository of clinical, financial and outcomes information and operates a leading healthcare purchasing network. A world leader in helping deliver measurable improvements in care, Premier has worked with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United Kingdom's National Health Service North West to improve hospital performance. Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Premier also has an office in Washington. Stay connected with Premier on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


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