The 3 Targets of RWJF Hospital Quality Network

Monday, November 15th, 2010
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

A new 139-hospital quality network will develop methods to reduce hospital readmissions, improve emergency room throughput and enhance provider-patient communications. As they brainstorm over the next 18 months, the hospital quality teams should consider the multi-pronged educational approach taken by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan to curb avoidable ER use. Both the quality network launched by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Kaiser’s strategy are profiled in this week’s issue of the Healthcare Business Weekly Update.

Also this week, read about the larger warnings and disturbing color graphic images depicting smoking’s negative health consequences that cigarette makers may have to place on cigarette packages in the next few years. The proposed warnings are part of HHS’s broader tobacco cessation and prevention effort.

If your organization has a program on tobacco cessation and prevention or just wants to find out what’s happening in the field, take this month’s e-survey on tobacco cessation and prevention programs. More than 40 healthcare organizations have responded so far. You’ll get a free summary of the results.

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