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District III ROUNDS project and patient safety efforts

Dr. Ann L. HonebrinkAnn L. Honebrink, MD, District III vice chair

I am pleased to report that the District III ROUNDS (Regional Ob-Gyn Up-to-Date New Didactic Sessions) project is off to a great start. Talks have been given in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the Dominican Republic. Thomas Westover, MD, District III legislative chair and New Jersey Section secretary-treasurer, Audrey A. Merriam, MD, District III Junior Fellow chair, and I brought the ROUNDS project to our Dominican Republic colleagues when we participated in the first Dominican Republic Section-sponsored educational event in October. 

I encourage District III members to visit the District III ROUNDS webpage to learn about the presentations on various topics that are offered for free to any District III institution. 

The ROUNDS project is a component of District III patient safety efforts. In addition, I attended the ACOG Patient Safety Committee Meeting in March in Washington, DC. The committee discussed an online game from the Department of Health and Human Services that addresses office security and the protection of patient information. I invite you to try it as it’s kind of fun and good for medical students, residents, and support staff.

We also talked about an alert from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) on the potential inaccuracy of electronically transmitted medication history information used for medication reconciliation. ISMP recommends sharing this alert with your staff and colleagues.

ACOG is developing its next round of suggestions for the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation’s Choosing Wisely campaign. The goal is to promote patient-physician discussion of tests and interventions that are currently being ordered and suggested to promote care that is supported by evidence, free from harm, truly necessary, and not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received.

The Joint Commission is developing a new optional certification program for accredited hospitals that will focus on the essential high-value requirements for mothers and newborns who have been assessed as clinically uncomplicated. Additional information may be found on the Joint Commission website.

And, finally, a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation titled “Physician Network on Health Care Costs—Consensus Themes and Recommendations” contains the following recommendations:

  • Payment models must be evidence-based, physician-endorsed, and thoroughly tested
  • Protecting and creating financial incentives is critical to broad physician buy-in
  • Meaningful consumer engagement requires better communication and guidance from physicians, more willingness from consumers, and greater investment in prevention
  • Improving quality and reducing costs requires a stronger health information technology infrastructure
  • Major changes in education and practice are needed to help reduce costs