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By Kindred Healthcare tags: Aortic Aneurysm, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, post-acute care

Interesting facts with Bob Klugman, MD, FACP Divisional Vice President, Medical Affairs, Hospital Division, East Region, Boston Integrated Market

Would you get on a flight if there were a 1 in 100 chance of the plane crashing? Healthcare is at a one percent rate of adverse events. It used to be 6 to 18 percent, so we’re making progress.

What are three things we can we do to keep people safe? Create and use checklists and standardize processes  and products.

What is efficiency in care? Delivering the right amount of care in the right place at the right time.

How did one Massachusetts hospital significantly reduce the mortality rate from ruptured aortic aneurysms? By setting up systems where everyone is trained in the treatment and knows where things are, so staff and clinicians are ready to go at a moment’s notice.

What does “post-acute paradigm shift” mean?

  • focus on high-risk members
  • active interventions to manage chronic diseases
  • align incentives across provider organizations

What’s wrong with the U.S. healthcare system?

“A lot goes in and very little seems to be coming out the other side in terms of welfare and satisfaction and extended life”

- Jack Wennberg, founder, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy