The Tennessee Hospital Association is again teaming up with Enroll America, a national group that provides support services for people looking to sign up for health insurance through the federal marketplace. The open enrollment period starts on the 15th.
The Tennessee Patient Safety Center says its push to improve the reliability and safety of care in the state's hospitals has produced some strong results: The incidence of various infections has dropped by 20 percent or more and complications from surgeries are down in a number of areas. The improvements have saved $11 million worth of follow-up care.
“When BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee partnered with the hospitals of our state more than three years ago, we believed the Tennessee Center for Patient Safety could be an important step toward improving the reliability, safety and quality of care received by patients,” said Vicky Gregg, president and chief executive officer, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee. “We are proud to have participated in creating a climate of change across the state that is gaining national recognition for its efforts. These results are a good foundation for accelerated progress in the years ahead."
The Tennessee Patient Safety Center was launched in 2007 and funded by a grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation. It now works with more than 120 hospitals.
The Commercial Appeal reports there's some tension in the General Assembly about whether Democrats will support the hospital assessment fee again this year. The fee would, like last year, would be assesed against hospitals' revenues in order to draw down mathing federal funds and fill TennCare's budget hole. Read the story here.
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