ACPE reiterates 9 steps to safer patients


Patient preservation is the nucleus of healthcare. Around such a core zip the charged pawns of business strategy and technological advancement, physicians, nurses, administrators, et al. And while the system is seldom perfect, as long as healthcare strives to keep its patient-centric centrifuge functioning and fixed to the middle, there are far worse atoms to be a part of.

In the latest effort to assure patient safety remains paramount, the American College of Physician Executives (ACPE) has sided with RAND Corp. and AHRQ research, adding its own spin on matters by trumpeting nine essential elements — closely related to the RAND/AHRQ’s 10 patient safety strategies for hospitals to follow — in ensuring patient sanctity.

"More than a decade after the epiphany obtained with the IOM reports, our health care industry continues to look for ways to improve safety, quality and efficiency," said Peter Angood, MD, CEO of ACPE, in a news release. "This new RAND report provides critically important recommendations that will help boost the momentum for augmenting necessary and needed improvements in health care."

The ACPE lists the following 9 values/care models as crucial to weathering healthcare reform and securing the best brand of patient care through payment system amendment:

  • Quality-centered
  • Safe for all
  • Streamlined and efficient
  • Measurement-based
  • Evidence-based
  • Value-driven
  • Innovative
  • Fair and equitable
  • Physician-led

Specifics behind each construct can be in a statement delivered by the ACPE regarding “Physician Organization Efforts to Promote High Quality Care and Implications for Medicare Physician Payment Reform.”

“The current climate of excessive costs and unreliable outcomes present in health care today is clearly unacceptable. The nation will never achieve long-term, meaningful change if the culture of safety is not strengthened. ACPE stands ready to assist with the implementation of the patient safety strategies promoted by the RAND research group and look forward to positive results from these well-reasoned and forward-thinking efforts,” an ACPE statement declared and surmised.