SDW news brief: CMS initiative designates "innovation advisers" to improve healthcare

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, January 27, 2012

As part of a new initiative from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), 73 "innovation advisers" from across the country have been appointed to work on innovative projects in their respective institutions. The group, consisting of physicians, nurses, hospital executives, and public health and policy experts, will work closely with CMS to improve the programs they initiate and to share ideas and processes that can then be applied on a larger scale. The ultimate goal is to find alternative methods of reducing costs and improving health.

Among the projects proposed by the innovation advisers is a program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston to create a new nursing role in which an attending nurse ensures patients receive all intended procedures and tests. The attending nurse will also verify that patients receive introductory and follow-up information, and make sure information is properly handed off during shift changes. Other initiatives include a push for one-on-one pharmacy counseling in Montgomery County, MD, and a plan to incorporate a discussion of unhealthy weight during routine evaluations in New York.

Source: The Washington Post

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