Millenson on the lack of real committment to patient safety. Acerbic and fantastic. A few quotes, but as they say in the blogosphere read the whole thing
If there is a quality crisis today, it certainly is not apparent from the actions of major stakeholders….
…on the fifth anniversary of the IOM report, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement launched its "Save 100,000 Lives Campaign." It is a wonderful campaign, even if four out of every 10 hospitals don’t participate. What does that say about the will to change?
…Imagine what might happen in the QI world if the head of the IOM publicly criticized by name those 40 percent of hospitals that declined to participate in the IHI safety initiative. Imagine if Congress reacted by holding hearings. Imagine if CMS asked the Joint Commission to investigate whether those hospitals were really as safe as they seemed to think they were. Imagine if there were class-action lawsuits filed. Imagine the impact this unprecedented kind of focused, multi-faceted pressure would have on the "will to change" and the cultural context of quality improvement. If you find this scenario unlikely, it may be because those promoting the quality agenda sometimes seem to display greater concern for those whose behavior they are trying to change than for those whom that behavior is hurting.