Category Archives: Quality Reporting

How to Build a Health Care System from Scratch: Revisiting New Orleans Ten Years Post-Katrina

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD Originally posted March 24, 2013 on Pulse. “My friend was a neurologist at a hospital in New Orleans”, my daughter’s art teacher told me when we were chatting at pick-up time about my upcoming trip to … Continue reading

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How a Fishbone Can Help You Eat Your Veggies

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD Originally posted on February 1, 2014 February is here and it is possible that a few of you, like me, are already rethinking your new year’s resolutions. What seemed a month ago like a sure-fire plan … Continue reading

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So Far and Yet So Near: Virtual Quality Improvement Networks in Health Care

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD Posted December 27, 2013 Membership in the global Indian diaspora comes with a price, and my family and friends use Skype and FaceTime with regularity to bridge distances. It then comes as no surprise that health … Continue reading

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Pay-for-Performance Programs Ignore True Human Motivators

I often listen to books on CD during long trips in the car. They’re a great way to catch up on reading and provide the added bonus of letting me avoid the mind-numbing “hit list” of pop tunes on the … Continue reading

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Health Care Improvement Lessons from the Vegetarian Haggis

By Ulfat Shaikh, MD Originally posted November 7, 2013 A recent visit to Scotland, prompted me to complete a wee dissertation on gastronomic options in the country for non–meat-eaters. As you might imagine, my pro-haggis friends and colleagues were dismayed … Continue reading

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New HAC Payment Penalty on the Horizon: Are Teaching Hospitals Prepared?

By Scott Wetzel One of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s main goals is to shift providers from a fee-for-service system to one that pays for performance. In October of 2014, the ACA’s third and final hospital pay-for-performance quality program will … Continue reading

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Involve Pre-Med Students in Quality and Safety

By Kevin Wang In 2009, leaders in the field of patient safety wrote about the need for physician leadership in quality and safety. They lamented a limited talent pool, insufficient training, and limited formal roles in medical schools as compared … Continue reading

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QI Website for Residents Sparks New Discourse on Quality

By Scott Harris Looking to improve quality at your institution, but don’t know where to start? It can be daunting, but it’s not just for Lean Six Sigma gurus anymore. A new website,, is designed to be a launching … Continue reading

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Quality Improvement Training Need Not Wait for Residency

By Scott Harris When you think of quality improvement in a medical education context, usually that means residency and other phases of graduate medical education (GME). Though there are programs rooted in medical school, usually they are introductory in nature, … Continue reading

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Empowered Patients, Empowered Care

By Sarah Sonies Angelo Volandes, MD, a physician and researcher who is on the faculties of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, is co-founder and president of Advance Care Planning Decisions. ACPD is a non-profit organization that makes videos … Continue reading

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