This week five members of WSHA’s staff, along with colleagues from Alaska and WSHA member Three Rivers Hospital, traveled to Baltimore to participate in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ annual Quality Conference. This annual conference brings together almost 2,500 professionals working in nearly all aspects of quality and safety, across nearly all health care settings.
It was an opportunity for us to both learn from and share our work with colleagues from across the country. Patient Safety directors Sue Bergmann and Tamara Glover were invited to speak as part of the conference’s plenary sessions, and Senior Director Cat Mazzawy helped facilitate a discussion as well.
The theme of this year’s conference was “Patients Over Paperwork,” focusing on putting patients first using data-proven outcomes. Our presentations addressed readmissions, sepsis, and patient and family engagement, heightening the visibility of successes among our members, and the meaningful work we have embarked upon with our collaborators.
We were also delighted that Anisha Chopra from WSHA’s Decision Support team was able to accompany us, bringing an analytical perspective to the work being done. Our partners in Decision Support are paramount to our work of improving the health and wellbeing of our communities, as everything we do is based on data.
It was inspiring to be a part of the discussion and make connections with our peers who are working on the large issues of opioids and health equity. There is a great deal of momentum and passion in these areas, and these connections will enable us to partner in order to accelerate progress rather than duplicate activities.
We’re excited to get back to work, using our new knowledge and perspectives to continue improving the quality and safety of health care in our communities.