The Role of the Physician as a Leader in Patient Safety and Quality: Aligning medical staff and hospital interests for better outcomes
Increasingly, hospitals and physicians are being asked by both payors and regulatory agencies to quantify what they are doing to improve the safety and quality of care. This imperative provides both a challenge and an opportunity for physicians and hospital administrators to come together to develop and implement solutions for the delivery of safer and more efficient care.
Physicians have historically viewed patient safety issues in the hospital as an administrative or nursing function and have allowed policies and procedures to be built around them. As a result, physicians often find it challenging to effectively work within these systems. Additionally, the development of policies and procedures in this manner raises concerns about medical staff self-governance and independence. Physicians can overcome these difficulties by taking the lead in setting the course for the hospital on how to provide safer, higher quality, and more efficient care. This program will explore strategies for engaging physicians as leaders in hospital quality improvement initiatives and for developing the collaborative relationships between physicians and hospital administrators upon which the success of these quality initiatives depends. Should you have technical questions, please contact the AMA Unified Service Center at 1-800-621-8335. Should you have questions regarding the content of this activity, please contact Katie Pajak at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-464-5450.
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