Hospitals Send Some Patients Home With Risky Antibiotic Prescriptions

February 13, 2019

Even as hospitals try to cut back on prescribing fluoroquinolones — powerful but risky antibiotics — a new study shows that many patients still head home with prescriptions for those same drugs, increasing their risk of everything from “superbug” infections to torn tendons.

Hip, Knee Replacement Registry Reaches 250,000 Cases

February 8, 2019

A statewide collaborative is identifying ways to improve patient care for hip and knee replacements through quality improvement projects.

Surgical patients receive four times the opioids they use, study shows

November 8, 2018

Surgeons have prescribed opioids at rate that’s nearly four times what patients actually use, according to a new study.

Short-term Use of IV Devices Is Common — and Risky — Study Shows

February 26, 2018

…a new study finds that one in every four times a PICC gets inserted, the patient didn’t need it long enough to justify the risks that it can also pose.

A Grass-Roots Effort to Make Colon Surgery Safer

January 30, 2018

Work to reduce surgical site infections, sepsis and more at dozens of hospitals across Michigan shows promise — but room to improve.

MSQC quality recommendations improve SSI in colectomy patients

January 8, 2018

The rate of surgical site infections in colectomy patients decreased as hospitals implemented three specific care measures promoted by the Michigan Surgical Quality Collaborative, according to a study funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

To make surgery safer & less-expensive for all, take the Michigan model national

November 1, 2017

Data-driven, insurer-funded improvement approach has saved lives & dollars at 72 Michigan hospitals; federal help could accelerate change.

These Surgeons Wanted to Prescribe Fewer Opioids. So They Developed a Guide for All to Use

October 16, 2017

How many prescription pain pills should a patient receive after breast cancer surgery? Or hernia repair? Or gallbladder removal?
With the country facing an epidemic of opioid pain medication abuse, the answer should be simple: just enough to ease immediate post-surgery pain.
But surgical teams have lacked an evidence-based guide, or even rules of thumb, to help them gauge this amount.
Until now.

Heart Bypasses Cost Billions, but There’s Opportunity for Improvement

August 23, 2017

Coronary artery bypass expenses vary widely across hospitals, a new study finds. Addressing a few key areas could lower hospital bills and improve quality of care.