Quality 1001 - Hospital Peer Review - Jan 01, 2006

Target Audience:


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Staci Kusterbeck

Editorial Group Head
Coles McKagen
AHC Media, formerly Thomson American Health Consultants

Managing Editor
Russ Underwood
AHC Media, formerly Thomson American Health Consultants

Nurse Planner
Paula Swain, RN, MSN, CPHQ, FNAHQ
Swain & Associates
Charlotte, NC

Consulting Editor
Patrice Spath, RHIT
Consultant in Health Care Quality
and Resource Management
Brown-Spath & Associates
Forest Grove, OR


  • New studies examine the impact of performance measures
  • JCAHO, AHA clash on performance data
  • New CMS guidelines for managing complaints
  • Strategies to ease data collection burden
  • System achieves ‘right patient, right level of care’
  • CHF project aims to bridge gap between providers
  • CMS Releases HCAHPS Survey
  • Improvements don’t end with the action plan
  • ‘Culture of safety’ yields dramatic results


  • Identify a particular clinical, legal, or educational issue related to quality improvement and performance outcomes
  • Describe how the issue affects nurses, health care workers, hospitals, or the health care industry in general
  • Cite solutions to the problems associated with those issues based on guidelines from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations or other authorities and/or based on independent recommendations from clinicians at individual institutions.

Financial Disclosure:

Editor Staci Kusterbeck, Managing Editor Russ Underwood, Editorial Group Head Coles McKagen, and nurse planner Paula Swain, RN, MSN, CPHQ, FNAHQ report no consultant, stockholder, speaker’s bureau, research, or other financial relationships with companies having ties to this field of study. Consulting Editor Patrice Spath, RHIT discloses she is principal of Brown-Spath & Associates.

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