Hospitals, HMOs and public agencies in Minnesota are pooling resources to fight violence through the Health Care Coalition on Violence. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent in Minnesota alone each year to repair the damages of rape, robbery, assault and murder, coalition members said. The coalition was formed earlier this year in response to the problem (Oct. 7, p. 56). It recently drafted its questions and objectives for 1997. They include:
What are the best ways providers identify and intervene in child abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse? Begin training providers in best practices by the third quarter of 1997.
Do health plan coverage policies work against preventing violence? Recommend changes by June 1997.
How much is violence really costing in healthcare services? Establish a database on violence-related health service delivery. Toward this end, achieve universal use by January 1997 in Twin Cities hospitals of billing codes that identify causes of injury.
How can providers make sure work environments are healthy? Assess successful workplace initiatives by January 1997.
Source: Health Care Coalition on Violence