"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Update on WMHS Clinical Quality Council

At yesterday's WMHS Board meeting, I gave an update on the progress that we are making with the President's Clinical Quality Council.  Just short of a year ago, we identified a dozen members of our medical staff who are leaders among the physicians and are early adopters as well as innovators.   This group has been meeting with members of senior management for about ten months addressing a variety of areas requiring change.  As a result, we now have a truly engaged Council of physicians.  Some of our achievements to date have been: enhancing physician education on key topics related to the care of the patient; using data to improve care; better alignment of care delivery; reduced readmissions; a stronger focus on patient-centered care; a reduction in practice variance; an enhanced awareness of the changes facing health care; better quality and patient safety along with a reduction in the cost of care.  There continues to be a lot of work ahead of us, but with closing in on one year since the inception of the Council, I am very pleased with our progress.

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